Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Round 1 Goes to Beasley AND Chalmers

Michael Beasley had 28 points and 9 rebounds, while Mario Chalmers finished with 11 points, 6 assists (to just 1 turnover), and 6 steals in comparison to Derrick Rose's 10 points, 5 assists, and 5 turnover, as the Miami Heat steamrolled past the Chicago Bulls 94-70 on the first day of the Orlando summer league. The Heat's 2008 draft dazzled, and schooled the Bulls' last 3 drafts. Not only did Chalmers outplay Rose, but Beasley looked dominant against NBA regulars Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas. He was driving aggressively to the basket, hitting baseline jumpers, and even connected on a 3 pointer. Chalmers, meanwhile, showed stifling defensive acumen, suffocating Bulls guards including Rose.

It is just one game. It is a summer league game. But against NBA competition (Noah, Thomas, and Rose), both Beasley and Chalmers dazzled. As far as the Beasley vs. Rose comparison, there was none - in the end, they both played to their college numbers, and that is a winning proposition for the Heat every time. So smile, Miami - the Heat aren't back, but they're closer than ever with these two competitors waiting in the wings.

5 comments:

Christian said...

That was a great game to watch, and the announcers were funny. But it was funner watching Beasley have his way with the Bulls, he's good

Christian said...

yes..."funner" is a word

Bennie Press said...

The announcers were pretty funny. I think Chalmers has an opportunity to start - he looked very comfortable on the floor...

E.J. said...

Christian - I'm with you that "funner" is a word. A word becomes a word through widespread use and acceptance, and I've heard it (and used it) enough to justify (in my own sick head, at least) that I'm in fact using a legitimate English word in "funner".

Bennie, there is a void for the point guard position that is in the shape of Mario Chalmers. Riles has said it is Marcus Banks' job to lose, but I think he may very well lose it to the gritty, spry, defense-oriented Chalmers.

ASponge said...

I personally want Chalmers to start. I'd rather have a guy who plays defense and shoots well, even if he can't really create much of his own shot.

As for this game...maybe it's just one game, but I'm taking it seriously. It shows that Beasley can be quite motivated to stick it to the Bulls and Rose. I think when all is said and done, Beasley will be the better player.