Knicks F Michael Beasley may have had a team-high 23 points on Monday night, but his overall play wasn't anything to brag about.
Beasley also led the Knicks with a minus-16 when on the floor, while committing four turnovers which included a mental lapse after catching a pass and taking a few steps without dribbling for a travel call. His overall defensive play was passive as well.
However, after the game, Beasley didn't want to dwell on his performance. He was only worried about the team loss.
"My night doesn't really matter,'' Beasley told The Post's Marc Berman. "We lost bad, that's what I think about. I do think about what I couldn't do or what I could have done better. I'm not really knowing the answers to that until I watch film, sit down and think about it."
It was a surprising performance, though, considering Beasley was the star on Saturday after dropping 30 points in Carmelo Anthony's return to Madison Square Garden. He has been starting in place for the injured Kristaps Porzingis, who missed his second straight game with a sore left knee on Monday.
Due to the passive defense by the Knicks, Beasley believes it translated into their offense.
"When we can get to the point when we're playing defense as well as we can play defense, no matter what the offensive side looks like, then we'll start to win a lot more games on the road,'' Beasley said. "We get down after that and we turn into a one-pass, no-pass team. That's not really our strength.''
Before the game, head coach Jeff Hornacek raved about Beasley's improvements as he continues to get more minutes on the floor.
Mike is great,'' he said. "Any suggestions you have for him, he listens. He wants to do the right things and do well for this team. He's a guy who at times [needs to be] passing careful, but we need you to score at this point so go ahead and score. Other times, he's in a good groove, you let him go and he makes great passes and we keep feeding him the ball and he makes plays. He has those capabilities."
With no update on Porzingis, Beasley will likely be in the starting lineup on Thursday when Kryie Irving and the Celtics come to town. Luckily, it will be a home game where the team is 14-5 this season.