Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel:
So after Beasley was dominated in his matchup by fill-in Celtics forward Glen Davis in Tuesday's humiliating 106-77 Game 2 loss at TD Garden, Wade was terse when asked about Beasley now standing 9 of 22 from the field for 19 total points in the series. "I'm tired of answering questions about Beasley not doing this, not doing that," Wade said. "It's on Michael." To dig out of its hole, the Heat clearly is going to need more than Wade, who is shooting 61.1 percent and averaging 27.5 points over the first two games. It is going to need a Beasley who again will be faced with the long-limbed defensive presence of Kevin Garnett, who was suspended from Game 2 because of the Game 1 elbow he landed on Heat forward Quentin Richardson. While Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did not call out Beasley by name, his comments where pointed when asked about Davis' 23-point, eight-rebound Game 2 effort. "How do you deal with a player like that?" he said. "You cannot let a man's effort exceed yours. It's as simple as that." Amid its hope of retaining Wade as a free agent this summer, the Heat appreciates the need to create a respected supporting cast. Whether that cast includes Beasley now stands very much in question.Chris Perkins, Miami Herald:
On a night in which All-Star forward Kevin Garnett, one of the game's best post defenders, was serving a one-game suspension, it could have been Beasley's night to excel. Instead, he withered. In the first half, when the game was still on the line (Boston led by 20 or more points FOR most of the second half), Beasley was just 2 for 7 shooting. He said he didn't feel comfortable offensively for much of the game, especially after Boston went on a 21-0 run to take a 46-29 lead late in the second quarter. ``It's hard to feel comfortable when you're down 30,'' said Beasley, who had vowed to be more aggressive in Game 2. ``It's hard. I tried to keep my energy and keep my composure, but it's a little tough.'' Beasley said he felt fairly comfortable in the first half. ``Early on we all felt good,'' he said. ``It just changed for the worst.''I could go on but the message was pretty clear. Beasley let down the Heat. When is he going to step it up? He was the #2 pick in the draft two years ago, what’s wrong with him? Beasley (13 points on 6-14 shooting, 7 rebounds) has two years of NBA experience. O’Neal (2 points on 1-10 shooting, 5 rebounds), Udonis Haslem (8 points, 4 rebounds), Carlos Arroyo (4 points, 4 assists) and Quentin Richardson (5 points) collectively have 35 years of experience. So what’s their excuse? Sure, more should be expected from Beasley than Arroyo and Quentin. But why does Haslem escape criticism for his performance? What about Spoelstra who had the bright idea to put Jamaal Magloire (missed jumper, turnover, one rebound, one foul, a shot blocked by Pierce) in the first quarter? Who was leaving Ray Allen alone at the same spot for several three-pointers? In fact, it was Haslem who was on the floor and guarding Glen Davis when the Celtics went on their game-changing 21-0 run in the second quarter and the 18-0 run in the third quarter. Beasley hardly played through both stretches of the worst Heat basketball all season. Of all the starters and Haslem, Beasley had the "best" +/- with -16 points. The other 5 players had a combined -128 points. The score was 16-19 in favor of Boston when Haslem replaced Beasley with 2:34 left in the first quarter. It was 29-37 when Beasley returned in the second quarter with 5:11 left in the second quarter. Three minutes later he would be the first Heat player to score in eight minutes of futility to make it 31-46. The very next possession his foul on Davis landed him back on the bench for the rest of the half. Beasley quickly hit two more jump shots to open the second half to make it 37-51 but another foul on Davis puts him on the bench with 4 fouls, all on Big Baby. Spoelstra could have left him in the game, knowing full well that without his offense it would be virtually impossible to catch up with the Celtics with Wade the only offensive threat to worry about. Instead he elected to save Beasley from further foul trouble, a moot point if your team is down by double-digits on the road with time seemingly already running out. Beasley doesn’t play for the rest of the third quarter, you know, the one where Boston went another run of 18 straight points. Haslem guards Davis who proceeds to hit a jumper and three lay-ups in the next four minutes. His only miss that quarter is a layup attempt. With 5:09 to go in the third quarter the score is already 39-71. By the time Beasley finally returns to the game in the fourth quarter the game is already over at 59-87 and is essentially reduced to playing garbage minutes. With Beasley in the game, Davis goes 1-7 from the field and hits 8 free throws (all of the fouls called against him). Without Beasley, Davis improves to 6-7 shooting and 1-3 free throws. Beasley certainly didn’t play good enough to give his team a chance to win. But the Heat’s entire front line and the coaching staff are to blame, not just him.