Miami Heat Finally Make Time For Their Spark Plug

By Richard Nurse
Michael Beasley
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Did the Miami Heat start off with another 9-2 deficit? Check. How about no leads until the very last seconds of the first half? Check. What about a big game from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade? A combined 53 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists, big.

No sweat.

On the surface it was just another win. No big deal, until you realize what the absence of Chris Bosh did for the confidence of Michael Beasley — who was out there bouncing around the bench with a smile as wide as Greg Oden’s.

Which makes things interesting because when Beasley finally had a chance to check in, he clocked the same amount of meaningful minutes (3:59) as Oden.

“Michael played, from the outside, a small amount of minutes,” coach Erik Spoelstra said, “but they were important minutes.” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Much like the preseason, Beasley was able to give the Heat an instant spark by hitting a pair of threes in less than a minute. He also added a block and would have had a pair of assists if it weren’t for Joel Anthony’s hard hands.

At any rate, it was still good to see the Heat’s prodigal son on the court with James and Wade. It even made fans envision what a lineup would look like with the Big Three, Beasley and Ray Allen (or Mario Chalmers).

No, I’m not saying that that’s the championship lineup, but inserting Beasley is a giant break from a few of the stale offensive sets where coach Spoelstra uses one-dimensional (catch-and-shoot) shooters.  No offense Rashard Lewis.

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