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Beasley out three games with foot sprain

Jan 7, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

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The AP reports that Michael Beasley will miss three games with a foot sprain he sustained in Minnesota’s Friday night loss to the Cavaliers. Presumably, Derrick Williams will start in his place.

Beasley has taken a huge step backwards this season after a promising 2011 campaign. He’s shooting just 39 percent from the field and 44 percent from the line, with a PER of 7. That’s right. Seven. So maybe some time off will do some good. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have excelled when their offense has moved away from Beasley. Williams in particular has shown great confidence in perimeter scoring and drawing fouls, and has a better chemistry with Ricky Rubio. Williams is also a more willing passer which is important in Adelman’s system and with the new weapons they have at their disposal.

You have to wonder if this could provide an opportunity for Williams to cement himself in the starting role, which could result in a trade for Beasley eventually. The Wolves have an easier schedule while Beasley’s out, facing Washington and Toronto, before an inevitable thumping at the hands of Chicago.

  1. bstreich21 - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    an inevitable thumping? wtf? 4 of our 5 losses have been by 4 points or less, including the Thunder, Heat, Memphis, and Milwaukee. while we also beat the defending champs and san Antonio. what kind of writer are u

  2. reptar24 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Phenomenal news. Williams needs a chance to start. He has outplayed Beasley so much this year, he deserves it. Now when will Adelman wise up and start Rubio? Ridnour is painfully incompetent this season, definitely better suited for a back up role.

  3. bparmalee - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    How he can sprain his foot and never sprain his shooting wrist is a modern miracle. The better the T-Wolves get the more out of place Beasley will feel. He is the embodiment of a player that gets his stats on bad teams. Next stop Toronto or Charlotte.

  4. Justin - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    I too am excited to see Williams get a chance to start but from what I have read he has had difficulty adjusting to the SF position. In fact, Adelman had him focus on the PF position during camp until he got comfortable. That was a while ago and hopefully he can handle the extra pressure.

    http://www.minnesporta.com

    • Justin - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:32 AM

      Starting actually looking like Ridnour, Rubio, Wes, Love and Darko

  5. cluelessdufus - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    i just want to get to the point beasley will be traded before the end of the season Williams needs to start and behind him Welesy Johnson.Beasley will not play a back up role with his salary so he will be traded then Rubio will begin to start IM sure by next month Rubio and Williams will start Beasley gone and Barea at SG

    • bparmalee - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      Beasley is hard…if not impossible.. to trade. Miami gave him away for a 2nd round pick and I’m not really sure he has made himself more valuable. He doesnt sell tickets like some volume shooters do, he cant help a team win and none of that seems to bother him. I think the T-Wolves might just have to wait till his contract expires. He has a player option next year (consider that accepted) then he can walk.

  6. trbowman - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    I’m sure Beasley’s weed will help with the pain.

  7. nbascreed - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Adelman is one of the better coaches in the game and he was explicit in saying he wanted Williams to concentrate on the 4 because he was struggling guarding wings IN PRACTICE. So who are those wings in practice? Beasley and Wes, presumably. If Williams is struggling with Beasley and Wes IN PRACTICE then how can anyone expect him to be ahead of them in the rotation? I’m always concerned about guys who were 4s in college transitioning to the 3. Those are two totally different skillsets. Totally different. And I think we’re seeing that with Beasley (he’d be better off as a small 4) and with Williams.

    I also heard Kahn on KFAN last week echoing Rick’s sentiments about Williams, and sounding a little disappointed) that he had been unable to grasp defensive perimeter schemes more quickly. It was Kahn, FWIW.

    thenbascreed.blogspot.com

  8. bobby61278 - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Inevitable thumping? Someone hasn’t been paying attention. The wolves can run with any team in the league.

  9. meatloaf025 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Is just me or Beasley looks 6’6″, not 6’9?

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