Beasley suffers hip contusion in loss at Miami, Wolves face Orlando tonight and more
The Timberwolves (1-3) were not much of a match for Miami and its Big Three contingent, falling by 32 points Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena. Dwyane Wade led the Heat (4-1) with 26 points in 24 minutes. LeBron James added 20 points and 12 assists, and Chris Bosh contributed 13 points and six rebounds. Kevin Love led the Wolves with 20 points.
Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley suffered a bruised left hip after falling hard to the floor with 8:10 left in the second quarter on a drive to the basket in tonight's NBA game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.
X-rays on Beasley's hip were negative, but NBA rules prohibited his return because he was unable to shoot his free throw. Beasley scored on the play, drawing a foul on Heat reserve forward James Jones.
From Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN:
“I was saying to myself all sorts of expletives when he went down,” Timberwolves forward Kevin Love said. “That’s one of my partners in crime on this team. I was real upset to see him go down.”
Beasley was taken to the locker room. X-rays came back as negative, with the official diagnosis being a left hip contusion. A team official listed Beasley’s status as questionable, with no official timetable for his return.
Recaps of tonight's loss at Miami:
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Beasley drew a mostly positive reaction from the 19,600 in attendance when he was introduced and had them 'oohing' in the first quarter when he tracked a missed three-pointer by Corey Brewer, eluded James on the perimeter, and came flying through the lane to stuff the shot back into the basket with his right hand.
A year ago, the play would have the fans on their feet and public address announcer Mike Baiamonte needing about a half minute to get through Beasley's name. But on this night the reaction was one a home crowd gives when an opponent does something spectacular. Subdued but impressed.
Jonny Flynn said he felt tightness in his hip Tuesday, a day after participating in his first contact practice, but called it expected and said he's feeling "great."
He is being limited to 30-35 minutes of contact practice this week. He would have scrimmaged for about five minutes Monday if the team hadn't scrapped that part of practice because of a wet practice floor at a Miami hotel.
"It was just good," said Flynn, who hopes to ramp up his live action each Monday now in his return from July hip surgery. "Good to get out there, move around, play some defense, talk some trash. It was all fun."
Previews of tonight's game at Orlando:
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It's not too often Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love is mentioned in the same sentence with Dennis Rodman, but Spoelstra thinks they are comparable. Spoelstra said Love reminded him of Rodman because of his "relentless" approach to rebounding.
Love entered Tuesday's game averaging 13 rebounds, ranking fifth in the league.
"It's hard not to be a fan of Kevin Love," Spoelstra said. "To watch him, work and grind the game under the basket, it's remarkable how he's able to rebound at the level that he does it. Most of the rebounds are below the rim. That's speaks to his motor, his effort."