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Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-11-11

Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-11-11The Heat is looking for second-year forward Michael Beasley to step up his game, literally.

After grabbing 23 rebounds in his first three games, Beasley, who generously is listed by the Heat at 6-9 1/2, has fallen off. He has 16 rebounds in the last four games going into Thursday's showdown with visiting Cleveland.

"I've been in an offensive funk, missing my first couple of shots, and pretty much my whole game has been off," he said. "It's me. There's nothing going on. I've got to get back to doing what I do."

Even as a rookie, rebounding was an erratic thing for Beasley. During one late season stretch when he started at power forward in place of Udonis Haslem, he grabbed 42 rebounds. Yet during other stretches, he would average about five per game. That's where he has fallen back to.

"I'm not too concerned because other guys have been rebounding very well. So you can't get every single one," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "What I'm looking at is whether he's going up in traffic and getting some.

"And his block-outs have been getting better. So he is making progress."

Spoelstra said there is no reason why Beasley can't be a dynamic rebounder.

"I think he's a player who can rebound," the second-year coach said. "He is. He has the instincts to rebound. I think last year, at times, he was thinking about so many other things that he forgot, 'Hey I'm also as very good rebounder.'"

Then there is the issue of whether Beasley can be an above-the-rim presence.

"I think that's part of his growth, of learning his game, learning how teams defend him," Spoelstra said. "He has skills to shoot outside. He has skills to finesse. He's got incredible touch. But he also has the ability to go over the top."

HEAT 90, WIZARDS 76: It was another 40-40 vision for Dwyane Wade. After going for 40 points in last Wednesday's victory in Washington, Wade this time scored 41, as the Heat moved to 2-0 against the Wizards. The Heat's defense limited the Wizards to 27 second-half points, with point guard Mario Chalmers and center Jermaine O'Neal contributing key late shots.

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