Consistency of effort has not exactly been a hallmark of Hassan Whiteside‘s career.
He seemed to sleepwalk through the first half of Portland’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers — 1-of-7 shooting and listless play (especially next to the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell). At halftime on TNT, Shaq ripped Whiteside (and to be fair, the entire TNT crew did as well).
Whiteside was told about that after the game and spit a little fire. Via Ben Golliver of the Washington Post.
Whiteside played the second half like someone told him Shaq ripped him at halftime — 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, plus 13 rebounds. It wasn’t enough against once Kahwi Leonard took over the fourth (18 points in the frame, the Clippers won 107-100) but Whiteside was engaged and active,
Portland is leaning heavily on Whiteside with Jusuf Nurkic out until somewhere around the All-Star break and now Zach Collins out for at least four months following shoulder surgery. Whiteside is their center, and Portland will need something consistent out of him if they are going to position themselves well in the deep West (at 3-5 Portland is the current 10-seed in the West).