Boston coach Doc Rivers faces Miami three or four times every season in the Eastern Conference, and last spring the two teams played five more times in a first-round playoff series.
So he knows Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, enough to know not to be surprised by the third-year forward's scoring abilities.
"Offensively, I've been a big believer in him," Rivers said. "I just think he can score. I said it two years ago: I think one day he may lead the league in scoring. He just knows how to score the ball. He has a Carmelo (Anthony) ability to score the ball."
Beasley showed both that scoring ability and a defensive tenacity to find foul trouble in the Timberwolves' loss at Boston on Monday.
Beasley scored seven quick points early and eight in a row for the Wolves to finish the game, but in between he sat for good portions of the game on a night when he scored 19 points in 23 minutes because of that aforementioned foul trouble.
Both things -- scoring and fouls in bunches -- have been commonplace for Beasley this season.
"He's a matchup problem every night," Rivers said. "He's tough for 3s (small forwards) to guard because of his size. He's too quick for 4s (power forwards). And he can shoot. Obviously that's the key. He has quickness and a shot at that size (6-8). That makes him tough to guard."
CELTICS 96, WOLVES 93: Leading by 10 points in the third quarter and by eight in the final seven minutes, the Wolves denied themselves of their fourth victory in five games with another fourth-quarter collapse. They allowed the Celtics -- playing without Kevin Garnett -- a closing 19-8 run in which they again had too many untimely turnovers, missed shots, blown defensive coverages, flustered decisions and oh-no moments. Paul Pierce scored 23 points and Rajon Rondo had 16 assists for Boston. Kevin Love had a 12-point, 24-rebound double-double, and Michael Beasley scored 19 points in 23 minutes despite being limited by foul trouble.
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