Michael Beasley returns from hamstring injury

Michael Beasley, who had missed about 2 1/2 weeks due to a hamstring injury he suffered back at the beginning of December, had a pivotal role in the Heat’s 122-119 OT victory over the Hawks last night.

Playing 20 minutes, Beasley dropped in 10 points and 7 rebounds, including a three pointer, to help boost the Heat bench and second unit last night.

His ability to cover Paul Millsap in the closing bit of the game was encouraging as it shows that Beasley’s lateral quickness is there and that he is applying it better in team defensive schemes. Erik Spoelstra noted that Beasley has been on the treadmill a lot and getting himself ready. He even had a post game interview in the studio. Beasley will figure to be a key player in the playoff push down the line and may help the Heat edge out contenders like the Indiana Pacers as they have reloaded with Danny Granger getting back to healthy game play.