MICHAEL BEASLEY AND DWYANE WADE
So far, forward Michael Beasley has spent his brief NBA career with the Miami Heat as a talented underachiever. Beasley is known far more for his offcourt fiascoes than anything he’s done on the court. To compound matters, Beasley has been in a shooting slump/scoring funk for the last several weeks.
All that may have changed Saturday night. Dwyane Wade may have literally knocked some sense into Beasley. Finally. Wade was in the process of having another brilliant game against the Atlanta Hawks with 38 points and 10 assists but it was Beasley who led the Heat to a 100-94 victory. Beasley scored 14 fourth quarter points including 7 in the game’s final two minutes.
What’s astonishing is that Beasley’s outstanding play came literally after Wade slugged him. Wade reportedly punched Beasley in the chest and told him, “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.”
Apparently the tactic worked.