Miami faced off against the Detroit Pistons Thursday night, in a night of firsts for the team and its roster. Dwyane Wade made his preseason debut after sitting out the opener and Michael Beasley made his second debut with the Heat since being drafted in 2008.
Wade played a total of 21 minutes and recorded eight points, four rebounds and four assists in a Heat victory, 112-107. Chris Bosh lead the team with 28 points on 12 of 16 shooting and LeBron James contributed nine points and seven assists. The biggest story for Miami has to be Beasley.
Granted a second chance by Pat Riley, Beasley sat out the preseason opener against the Atlanta Hawks. Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Beasley had been kicked in the calf during practice and had some soreness.
So Beasley had to wait until the second half of Thursday night’s game to show why he deserves to play in South Beach. His contract is not guaranteed so he has to fight for one of the last remaining roster spots.
I’d say Beasley was somewhat impressive in his debut and Miami will give him one of the 15-roster spots. The forward was 3-of-5 from the field with nine points in nine minutes. He was solid on both ends of the floor and the defending champs were +3 with him on the court.
It would make little sense for Riley to bring back Beasley only to cut him a month later. He is giving Beasley a second chance and wants the troubled ball player to be successful. After last night’s performance, Beasley is a roster lock in my opinion.
Roster hopeful Justin Hamilton also had a solid game with eight points and four rebounds in nine minutes on the court, but I don’t think it will be enough for him to make the team. Miami already has a stockpile of power forwards and centers. Beasley could be a nice addition with his ability to play the small or power forward positions.
As long as Beasley can behave himself and avoid any mishaps with the law, he will earn a spot on this team and the first step in Riley’s redemption project will have been deemed a success.