Beasley Says Foot Feels Fine, Focuses On Regaining Quickness
Beasley Says Foot Feels Fine, Now Focuses On Regaining Quickness
Wolves Editorial/Social Media Associate
Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley put in extra time during Saturday’s lengthy off-day practice, spending more than an hour after practice officially ended putting in extra work with his teammates in an aggressive 3-on-3 matchup.
Beasley, who missed 11 games with a right mid foot sprain before returning Friday against San Antonio, scored seven points in 22 minutes during his first game back but said he’s not back to his full potential. Still, he’s glad to be back on the court.
“It feels good,” Beasley said. “I don’t have my legs back with me yet. I haven’t quite got all of my quickness back, but it feels good just to get out there.”
Beasley suffered the injury Jan. 6 against Cleveland at Target Center and spent much of the past month trying to work his way back. Now, Beasley is putting in the extra work to make up for the lost time. The sweat beads that fell from his face and the boisterous reactions he let out with each of his plays, both good and bad, told the story of how there was no hiding his desire to get his game back.
It may have been just a friendly game of 3-on-3, but the intensity demonstrated among the players suggested it was a more than just a simple scrimmage.
“It helped a lot (3-on-3),” Beasley said. “Just to compete and to get that nature back was good. I’ve been out for 10 or 11 games and it seems like a year. I kind of lost my step with the rehab. So just to get back out there and go over some things and get the confidence back in my jump shot feels good.”
Beasley admitted he felt a bit winded during Friday’s game, his first return to the court since Jan. 6, but he knew that was expected.
“I’m not out of shape by any means but basketball shape is totally different than just running on a tread mill or doing sprints. It’s going to take a couple games for me to get back in basketball shape. But I do feel good.”
Week-in and week-out, coaches and players throughout the league have made it abundantly clear they have not seen much time on the practice court. But when they have a chance to practice, in between the tightly packed schedule, they take full advantage.
With the Lakers in town tonight for a pivotal matchup—one that would even Minnesota’s record at 10-10 with a victory—Beasley and the Wolves made sure they put in the necessary time during Saturday’s practice. He is averaging 12.1 points per game this season. He scored a season-high 24 points in the regular season opener against Oklahoma City.
Beasley said he’s been impressed with how the team has improved in the time that he’s been inactive.
“I think this is our first shot at being .500 in I don’t know how many years and just that alone gives us all motivation,” he said. “We feel like we can play with any team and I think we have proved that, even in the close games we lost early on. It’s not about thinking about it, it’s about doing it.”
For now, Beasley plans to take it day by day and do all he can to get back on track and get his shot back.
“It’s kind of been a setback,” he confessed about his shot. “But it has given me a chance to just think about it, visualize it. The first step to being good is to visualize it. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately and I believe my shot is going to fall, points are going to come and I’m going to continue to be on.”
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