Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was struggling in the offense, particularly with his shooting, before he missed 11 games because of a right midfoot sprain.
Now that Beasley is playing again, he has to contend with changes in the offense made by Wolves coach Rick Adelman, as well as a reduced role. Before the injury, Beasley was a go-to player when Kevin Love or Ricky Rubio didn't have the ball.
"I don't get as many isolation plays as I used to get," Beasley said after Saturday's practice. "We're playing well out of pick and rolls. We're letting Ricky find guys for easy baskets. So whatever is working right now, don't fix it if it's not broken."
Beasley, who started the first seven games, came off the bench and played 22 minutes in Friday night's win over San Antonio. He will be a reserve again in tonight's game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center.
The fact that the Wolves are 9-10, including a 6-3 surge with Rubio as the starting point guard, has forced Beasley to blend in more, although his teammates and Adelman do not want him to get passive with the ball.
Michael Beasley adjusting to new role in Timberwolves' offense
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jan 29