Michael Beasley returned from his hamstring injury on Monday against the Hawks and played well enough to be inserted into the Heat’s overtime lineup. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes, had seven rebounds and made important free throws in the overtime period.
His successful return didn’t earn him playing time on Christmas, though.
The bright lights and national spotlight were reserved for bench players Rashard Lewis and Udonis Haslem. They both played while Beasley watched from the bench.
“I’m going to have to figure that out,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of working Beasley into the lineup. “I didn’t want to force it. We had our normal rotation and the group that was going in the second quarter really sparked us and that’s when I planned to put him in the game.
“But we have a lot of time and I’ll spend a lot of time in deep thought on what we can do.”