The Miami Heat have been incredibly smart in terms of how they have chosen to handle Dwyane Wade thus far in the 2013-14 NBA season. The Heat have shown no fear in terms of when they are going to rest him and have even denied him his wishes to play on a couple of occasions, including on Monday night.
As the Heat gear up for a matchup with the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, the team’s official Twitter account announced that Wade would be out of the lineup on Monday and that Ray Allen would start in his place, despite Wade saying that he wanted to play.
In the 2013 postseason, one of the reasons that the Heat looked mortal at times was the play of Wade. It was clear that his knee, which has been an issue for him in recent years, wasn’t full healthy and it was causing him to be slightly ineffective. Most of his struggles, though, were attributed to the fact that he was simply worn down and his knee couldn’t recover. Subsequently, the Heat have instituted this plan of strategically resting him to try and avoid the same trials this year.
The other storyline for the Heat’s game on Monday night, though, is the fact that they will finally have Michael Beasley available off of the bench after the forward has missed the last seven contests with a hamstring injury. There’s no word on whether or no he will play, but he is active, which is a positive sign.
Proving that situation and leadership means a great deal in this league, Beasley has been great off of the bench for Miami. In just 17.6 minutes per game, Beasley has averaged 11.4 point and four rebounds per game while shooting 54.6 percent from the field and 50 percent in the 14 games that he’s appeared in this season.
Getting Beasley back is actually a bigger deal than a planned rest of Wade. Beasley helps give this Heat team another dynamic scorer that can help keep the offense moving when guys like LeBron James need to take a breather. Assuming he can remain as effective as he has been when healthy this season, him coming back should help keep the Heat at an elite level going forward.