Ok, last time we talked about this 21 year old stud, he was seen emotionally distraught.
Who? Michael Beasley.
His team had just got blown out three times in a row, and he was frustrated and emotionally hurt—a feeling that players don't usually show in interviews. This kid is known to be a relentless worker, and I figured it would only be a matter of time before his potential fully came through.
At 21, you can only start to show your potential in flashes, Michael Beasley definitely showed it: 42 Points, nine Rebounds, two Assists, shooting 17-of-31 from the field and 1-of-2 from the three-point line.
For a guy whose career was put to a halt because of playing in Dwyane Wade's shadow, Beasley surely looked like a go to scorer, franchise player and leader, but the scoring was only half the reason why I say that.
Beasley was ANIMATED. He was vocal as I don't know what, an emotional player playing with a sense of purpose, passion and just was driven to win this game.
There's a term going around the league for Beasley when he's attacking, and that's called "Action Beasley." Michael Beasley was definitely in action, demanding the ball every single play, making smart decisions and taking his time, all at the small forward position.
So, the Wolves took a 6'9'' power forward, stuck him in at small forward basically taking him out of his post game and molding him into a perimeter one, and he looks to have finally started to show his true potential.
Going into the draft, Beasley was mentioned in the same sentence as Kevin Durant, but due to getting drafted to Miami, his offensive skill was limited.
It's only going to get better from this point, Beasley appears to have this huge chip on his shoulder and something to prove.
In crunch time, the Wolves were scrapping everywhere and Beasley was heard throughout the stands screaming at Kevin Love to grab rebounds, encouraging Brewer to get up after getting fouled hard on the play.
It was in the tone in which he said, "GET UP COREY!" Once Brewer got up, he yelled out, "WE'RE OK," and laughed. His tone was, "We're winning this ball game."
Sorry Heat fans and the Heat organization, but I gotta say that you gave away a great player, a player who's potential hasn't been tapped into by a mile, and you have made him better for it.
As for other game notes Wolves-related:
- Corey Brewer: He might not be able to score, but by himself, Brewer kept the Wolves lead sustained. He deflected countless passes, played great defense, was the catalyst in getting Evans taken out of the game, took charges, made decent dishes and even hit a crazy lay up. His energy was absolutely incredible; if he does that a few more times then he certainly deserves another contract.
- Darko Milicic and Nikola Pekovic: Darko really showed solid play every where. He made great passes, played solid defense, but really helped rebound the ball. He's being more aggressive and he's getting better. Nikola Pekovic didn't do that much offensively, but he really limited Demarcus Cousins down the stretch. If he's manhandling Cousins in the post, he's incredibly strong.
- Sebatian Telfair: His veteranship really came in handy for the young Wolves. He limited turnovers and knocked down key shots throughout the whole game. He's really playing himself out of a waiver; I don't think you can let this guy go, regardless of when Flynn and Ridnour become healthy—his energy and quickness was a definite plus.
- Wesley Johnson: Safe to say that this guy is a legit starter and he's only going to get better. His handle needs to improve if he's going to play the two-guard consistently, but he can shoot it effortlessly.
Good Wolves win.