Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/11/13
He leads the NBA in points per touch and led the Miami Heat in scoring in the second quarter of Saturday night's 111-110 loss to the Boston Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena. But what might matter most is Michael Beasley apparently also leads the Heat in patience. With 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 8 minutes, 17 seconds during Saturday's second quarter, it might have been natural for the skilled forward to expect more than that a single stint. But when he was added on a non-guaranteed, veteran-minimum contract for this reunion tour, it was with the mutual agreement of no guarantees. So after sitting out Saturday's second half, Beasley chose his words cautiously. "Got to be grown about it," he said. "You can't sit here and complain. Because when I do that, they say I'm cancerous to my team. We've got a lot of players on this team that should play a lot of minutes. So he takes what is allotted, maximizes his possibilities. In his two appearances this season, Beasley, per the NBA's new SportVU player-tracking data, leads the NBA at .62 points per touch. As a matter of perspective, LeBron James averages .32 points per touch, albeit in a far more significant sample size. Yet even with Udonis Haslem out Saturday with back spasms, when coach Erik Spoelstra went deeper into his bench against the Celtics, it was Rashard Lewis who received 6:58 of playing time in the second half, scoring four points. "In the second half, I just didn't feel we had to force a 10-man rotation," Spoelstra said. "He played well. He gave us minutes. But, that's not the reason [for the loss]." While Beasley was productive offensively, he went without a rebound, assist, steal or blocked shot, with one turnover and one steal, with the Heat outscored by a point when he was on the court. Teammates appreciated the boost provided, with the Heat outscored by six points in that second period before Beasley entered.
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