Western Notes: Beasley, Hollins, Nuggets, Whiteside, Parker

Replacing Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley during his suspension will have to be a team effort, Kent Youngblood of The Star Tribune writes.

Beasley was recently issued a 12-game suspension for conduct stemming from his charges last offseason. He’s averaged 20.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 32 games this season, meaning several players will likely have to step up in his absence.

“I see it as a great opportunity,” guard Jaylen Nowell said. “I’m not going to go out and force anything. I’m not going to go out there looking to put up more shots, just step outside myself. I’m going to keep playing the way I’m playing and make sure I’m not going to overthink it.

“But we’ve got other guys that are trying to step up, too. They’ve got opportunities, too, including myself. So it’s making sure that not just one person picks up the slack, but we all have to do it collectively, as a group.”

Here are some other notes from the Western Conference:

  • Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins isn’t expected to return to the bench until after the All-Star break, according to Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group (Twitter link). Hollins, a former NBA head coach, has missed the past four games due to personal reasons.
  • Mike Singer of the Denver Post explores five players the Nuggets should consider pursuing before the March 25 trade deadline. Singer mentions Magic swingman Terrence Ross, Spurs star DeMar DeRozan and others as potential options for the Nuggets, who currently hold an 18-15 record.
  • Kings center Hassan Whiteside and forward Jabari Parker are still out due to the league’s health and safety protocols, according to James Ham of NBC Sports California (Twitter link). Chimezie Metu also remains out with a broken wrist. Sacramento (13-20) is set to play Charlotte (15-17) on Sunday, having lost nine of its last 10 games.
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4 thoughts on “Western Notes: Beasley, Hollins, Nuggets, Whiteside, Parker

  1. El Don

    So far the new HC for MIN hasn’t done anythin’ yet, with a 0-4 he is doing worst than Saunders right now!
    I mean we all know KAT is no part of the problem but the solution, right?
    But it starts to look like Saunders wasn’t the problem in there, right?

    • mnsportsfan

      I don’t think Saunders was the issue, either. We’re going to need another serious overhaul and our first round pick this year.

  2. nentwigs

    WOW, so many players out with injuries & COVID-19 and now even….
    ME TOO !!

  3. nentwigs

    Why risk injury to an up and coming player or possibly have to give up the first round draft choice by actually winning games? During Beasley’s suspension just go with 4 players on the court !!

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