It was the moment we have all been waiting for — Michael Beasley broke out for 19 points to help the Miami Heat defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-95 Tuesday night.
We knew Beasley can score, and his 19-point game–good enough for second on the team behind LeBron’s 33– was certainly impressive. What was more impressive, however, was Beasley’s dedication to the defensive end.
He was solid on rotations and was in good position. The ability to play within the Heat’s defense is of the upmost importance. It is what has kept guys like Rashard Lewis, James Jones and, in years past, Mike Miller on the bench for extended stretches. If Beasley can be consistent on that end, he will find himself a regular part of the Heat rotation.
This is the best I've seen of Beasley this year. Scoring efficiently, but the passes and some nice defensive rotations are most impressive.
— Couper Moorhead (@CoupNBA) November 13, 2013
Beasley has played in three games this season. He played four minutes against Toronto on Nov. 5, eight minutes against Boston on Nov. 9 and 20 minutes against Milwaukee Tuesday. His minutes have been increasing, that’s a good sign for Beasley fans.
Against Boston, Beasley also showed a good effort on defense. Erik Spoelstra wants him to buy into the team concept, and it seems that Beasley has. Rarely do things work out exactly how they are planned in sports, but so far the Beasley experiment has.
Knock on wood.
He still has some work to do, and it’s only been a three-game sample, but it’s been encouraging.
Be happy, Heat fans, Beasley is back.