Jan 26, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward Michael Beasley (8) during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Will Michael Beasley and Greg Oden Matter in Pacers Series?

The Miami Heat may  have underestimated the Indiana Pacers in Game 1, and that has some fans thinking about who on the bench can step up and help fill out the rotations and stop the Heat. But while we’re thinking about who isn’t starting and who isn’t playing meaningful minutes, Ira Winderman reminds us about the bigger picture we need to look at.

While it’s a nice idea t think about Greg Oden and Michael Beasley and how they can help in the series, Winderman notes that we can’t rely to heavily on players that are really not that important in the grander scheme of things.

Per the Sun-Sentinel: 

 If the Pacers’ series becomes about Beasley or Oden, then the Heat are not who we thought they were at this stage. All of that said, I could still see a future for Beasley with the Heat next season, when LeBron James (assuming he stays) might want to get a few extra nights off, in light of such options the Heat have offered to Dwyane Wade this season.

Winderman has a point, but Heat fans aren’t wrong for asking where the rotational depth is. After all, Oden was signed for this series and Beasley has been productive throughout the season and hasn’t really proved that he can’t handle the stage. That being said, the Big 3 will dictate this series and we should be more concerned about how Chris Bosh was a ghost in Game 1 rather than where Greg Oden and Michael Beasley were.

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