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Sign of the future? Michael Beasley sits entire second half.

Apr 28, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Beasley_Block.jpgWith their season on the line, with the Miami Heat needing their best players on the floor, Michael Beasley sat.

He did not start the second half of game five against the Celtics; he did not touch the court for the most crucial 24 minutes of the Heat’s season. Udonis Haslem played the entire half, even after he sprained his ankle. You want to know what a coach really thinks? See who he plays in the clutch, when it really matters. Beasley sat.

Through five playoff games — and two whole seasons — Beasley’s numbers have been too good to call him an outright bust. In this series he played 27 minutes a game, averaging 10 points and 6 rebounds. But he did it inefficiently, he disappeared for long stretches, he seemed disinterested on defense. He had a PER of 9.8 in the playoffs, the kind of number that suggests you should be benched.

The question now becomes, what are the Heat going to do with Beasley?

Our own Ira Winderman has suggested its time to go another direction. Beasley will make $4.9 million next year, with a team option on his rookie deal for the year after that. Maybe another team, another city, another coach could spark him. Maybe some team would take a flyer on that.

But the Heat appear done with the experiment. At least if you look at who plays when it matters.

  1. GW - Apr 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Who cares what Ira Winderman thinks? Whether Beasley stays or he goes he will be successful. Winderman has had it in for Beasley since the start. He is 21 years old and hasnt become a 20/10 guy after 2 years he must be a failure.
    How can he be faulted when the Miami Heat have no type of identity offensively. Any Heat fan knows that sometimes D Wade feels like sharing he does. When he doesnt he wants everybody to step up. Winderman also thinks that Haslem is better than Beasley which is a joke. Haslem has played with Wade for 7 years of course he is better conditioned to playing with Wade because he automatically defers to him. The Heat’s offense this season went through O’Neal and Wade. Beasley is not a back to the basket player so I dont understand how is supposed to average 20 points when they dont run anything for him. They can trade him and he will be fine. Wade wasnt a superstar his first two years and he had nobody to defer to. Why would you expect anything different from Beasley?

  2. GW - Apr 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Who cares what Ira Winderman thinks? Whether Beasley stays or he goes he will be successful. Winderman has had it in for Beasley since the start. He is 21 years old and hasnt become a 20/10 guy after 2 years he must be a failure.
    How can he be faulted when the Miami Heat have no type of identity offensively. Any Heat fan knows that sometimes D Wade feels like sharing he does. When he doesnt he wants everybody to step up. Winderman also thinks that Haslem is better than Beasley which is a joke. Haslem has played with Wade for 7 years of course he is better conditioned to playing with Wade because he automatically defers to him. The Heat’s offense this season went through O’Neal and Wade. Beasley is not a back to the basket player so I dont understand how is supposed to average 20 points when they dont run anything for him. They can trade him and he will be fine. Wade wasnt a superstar his first two years and he had nobody to defer to. Why would you expect anything different from Beasley when there is a superstar that has to be placated?

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