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Michael Beasley hits back-to-back threes in season debut for Heat (VIDEO)

Nov 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

The Heat are bringing Michael Beasley along extremely slowly in hopes that their veteran leadership and championship environment can break him of his apathetic basketball habits on the court, and his historically poor decisions off of it.

Beasley saw his first minutes of action this season in the Heat’s fourth game, a win over the Toronto Raptors. He did what he does best, and that’s shoot the basketball.

In a spurt that lasted less than four minutes, Beasley got four shots up, and made two of them on consecutive possessions from three-point distance. He also managed to record a blocked shot and a turnover during that same span, which was his only stint of the night.

From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

“Michael played, from the outside, a small amount of minutes,” Spoelstra said, “but they were important minutes.”

Beasley, signed in the offseason to a one-year, veteran-minimum free-agent contract, converted his first two shots, a pair of 3-pointers, playing 3:59 in the first half, his lone stint of the night.

“It felt good to give a spark,” Beasley said. “I had the mindset to stay ready.”

Beasley is essentially a lottery ticket for the back-to-back defending champs. If it doesn’t pan out, it’s a small financial risk. But if Beasley can fall in line, he’s shown an ability throughout his career to be a talented offensive player when tuned to the right frequency.

  1. rickyspanish - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Miami allegiance aside I’ve always rooted for Beasley, the dude is talented.

  2. antistratfordian - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    There was a short period of time in this game when LeBron, Beasley and Wade were in there at the same time – Bease had just finished knocking down 2 threes and was generally very active – and it just seemed… I don’t know… unfair?

    • casualcommenter - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:34 AM

      Beasley should have to do a lot more than look okay against the Toronto Raptors for 4 minutes before having him should feel “unfair.”

      Especially since his plus/minus was a -2, meaning the Raptors actually gained ground against the Heat when he was playing, lol.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:42 AM

        No no no – you had to watch the game. He was better than just “okay.” He was even playing defense!

        We know that he’s young (24) and can fill it up in a hurry… but he’s also big (6’10) and athletic… and just seeing him out there running with James and Wade at the same time… yeah, if they click at all it can be really scary.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Would have had 2 assists as well but the open man he hit under the basket twice was Joel Anthony.

  4. mcsuave - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    The weed helped him see the hole. all kidding aside, I want him to succeed. I would hate to see that much talent wasted. Coming out of college, I expected him to be a superstar.

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