2018 NBA playoffs live: What will the Heat do with Hassan Whiteside?

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside is a liability for the Heat. (Chris Szagola/Associated Press)

The first round of the NBA playoffs continues today with Game 2 in the Miami-Philadelphia and San Antonio-Golden State series. Follow along here for the latest analysis and commentary from The Post’s NBA reporter Tim Bontemps, and ask him questions in the comments section.

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Schedule | Pregame reading | Comments section Q&A

There are two things to watch in the opening game of tonight’s NBA playoff doubleheader between the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers: how much Hassan Whiteside plays, and how effective he is when he does.

Whiteside was dreadful in Game 1 on Saturday night, scoring two points on 1-for-4 shooting with two turnovers in 12 minutes. Most importantly, Whiteside was minus-16, with much of that coming in Philadelphia’s game-changing run to start the third quarter that put the Sixers ahead for good.

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After the game, Whiteside said he had faith in the coaching staff, but there have been trust issues between him and Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra for some time now. The blame for those issues lies with Whiteside, who has proven to be as unreliable as everyone thought he might be when Miami signed him to a four-year max contract two years ago.

Now, the goal for the Heat has to be to limit Whiteside’s minutes until Joel Embiid comes back in this series — because that is when Whiteside can have an impact. Embiid has already been ruled out of Game 2, however, so Whiteside’s role should be limited Monday night. How limited, and what happens if Spoelstra makes it really limited bears watching — not just for this series, but also as a prelude to a potential move away from Whiteside this summer (if Miami can find a taker for him).

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Monday’s schedule (all times Eastern)

  • Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
  • San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

Pregame reading

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Brewer: The Wizards and Raptors were once peers in development. Now they aren’t even close.

How Quin Snyder set aside a broken NCAA career to become an NBA coach of the year candidate

A new NBA story line: The Warriors may not be favorites to win another title

Their two biggest stars lost to injury, the Celtics still have one giant advantage: Their coach

Dirk Nowitzki isn’t part of these NBA playoffs, but Dirk clones are everywhere

‘My friend was shot’: How an assassin’s bullets in Israel changed an NBA team’s name in D.C.

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell can’t agree on who is rookie of the year and it’s pretty funny

Comment Q&A

Hop into the comments section below starting at 7 p.m. to chat with The Post’s Tim Bontemps about all of your NBA questions.

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