Michael Beasley passed like he never had before Friday night in Los Angeles.
And the Suns forward is shooting almost as poorly as he ever has for a 10-game stretch.
There is some reason for both. Beasley said he has been affected by a sprained pinkie finger on his left (shooting) hand since he starred in the preseason finale with 29 points and 10 rebounds.
"I can't really bend it," Beasley said. "It gets numb, and I get hit at least twice a game. I just go through that pain. I'll get through it. I did the same thing two years ago, and it just got better. I can't really grip the ball like I want to in my shooting hand. That's probably why I'm passing so much."
Beasley made 53 percent of his 3-pointers and 46 percent of his field goals in a seven-game preseason but was shooting 27.3 percent from 3-point range and 35.6 percent overall entering Saturday night's game.
In Friday night's loss to the Lakers, Beasley set a career high with nine assists but still took 15 shots, making six.
"I was just making the logical decision and playing the game of basketball, as long as I'm aggressive and confident in my shot," Beasley said.
Phoenix Suns' Michael Beasley passing better, shooting worse for reason
Arizona Republic | Nov 18