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Injury Spin Cycle: Michael Beasley Re-Injures Ankle

Feb 5, 2011 – 1:30 PM
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Tom Lorenzo

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Michael Beasley is among the most improved basketball players this season, with his near 20-point per game average, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and close to one 3-pointer made per game.

However, after Friday night's game against the Raptors in which he logged just 12 minutes after re-injuring his left ankle, fantasy owners are starting to sweat a little. The cause for concern is that Beasley has missed a few games -- most recently three weeks ago -- throughout the season due to ankle injuries on both feet. So to say that this is simply a minor tweak, with no reason to panic, would be a little misleading.

You have to imagine that Beasley could end up missing a few games here. The long-term health to the Timberwolves star forward is more important than winning a few games in an already lost season.

If Beasley does find himself sidelined for a few games, expect to see Wes Johnson and Martell Webster log extra minutes and touches. Webster has the longer resume, but as of late he's been struggling to find any consistency. He hit just 1-of-7 shots from the floor against the Raptors, and had a stretch in mid-January where he failed to hit a 3-pointer in six straight games.

Wes Johnson has been on a bit of a roll as of late. He's scored in double figures in five of his last six games, and hit at least two 3-pointers in each of those contests. A few concerns with Johnson is that he doesn't get to the line often, just 1.1 times per game, and aside from threes, points and steals, he provides little else in terms of value. However, he's probably a better bet than Webster is. At least in terms of being more consistent.

Let's just hope that Beasley doesn't miss much more than two or three games. He's been a huge plus for fantasy owners this season and any time miss already hurts.
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