Knicks F Michael Beasley continues to thrive when called upon to fill in for Kristaps Porzingis.
After Porzingis sprained his ankle just 2:30 into the first quarter, Beasley took over his role for the rest of the game. Though he only dropped six points, the former No. 2 pick added seven rebounds and was a plus-16 throughout the Knicks 115-86 win over the Heat.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek has picked his spots when to use Beasley, and though he has six DNPs this season, he just wants to help the team any way he can.
"At this points, [it's] normal," Beasley told The Post's Jonathan Lehman. "I've got the same mentality every night, whether I play or not."
The other player Hornacek uses at the forward position is Lance Thomas, who is more defensive minded compared to Beasley's ability to score at whim. But Beasley has impressed his new coach, not only with his knack to provide a spark on offense, but on defense as well.
"Mike has done a nice job...not just with the scoring, but defensively," Hornacek said. "We keep track of things like positioning and doing the right things, and he's been good. So that gives us confidence to sometimes use him and not say, 'Oh, we need defense, we definitely need Lance.'"
Beasley, who was known for not being the best defensive player throughout his career, recorded his sixth block of the season last night. He is currently averaging 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and is shooting 51 percent from the field in 14.4 minutes per game this season.