It may not have been the flashiest performance. It probably wasn’t the most impressive you’ve seen. But while it lacked that awe-inspiring shooting display that Klay Thompson put on against the Sacramento Kings, Hassan Whiteside spent his Friday night oh-so-quietly setting a record of his own.
That is, the rising Miami Heat star – a man that has gone from draft leftovers to South Beach sensation – just accounted for the most rebounds ever recorded in a single quarter of Miami basketball.
While it’s notable that it’s a franchise record – not an NBA record – it is also a promising sign to see the resilience from a player that has provided a pleasantly surprising upside in an otherwise subpar season for the Heat. Whiteside finished with 16 points and 24 rebounds, 14 of those coming in a stellar first quarter for the big man.
Unfortunately, it was a performance masked by a 93-72 loss to the Mavericks. Although the Heat players and fans alike will be left with the bitter taste of losing a 16 point lead to Dallas and suffering a proverbial meltdown on both sides of the ball (11-for-37 shooting while allowing 60 points) in the second half, it was still a game with encouraging moments, especially given the fact that Miami was missing starters Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng.
For now, the Heat will likely be ready to get on the road again, as they hold a miserable 8-15 home record. The comfort of South Beach certainly isn’t getting the job done this season.