Malik Beasley is a brave man. The Minnesota Timberwolves guard didn’t need to try to take a charge

with Ja Morant barreling down the lane and loading up for a poster dunk.

He could have let Morant have his slam uncontested, or he could have tried to foul him before he went up.

Instead, Beasley stepped up to try to draw an offensive foul late in the third quarter of a critical Game 5.

The Wolves were leading by double-digits on the road in a tied 2-2 first round series, and every possession felt critical.

If Beasley drew the charge, Morant would have his fourth foul,

and Minnesota would get one more possession at the end of the third quarter.

But Beasley didn’t draw the charge. Instead, Morant soared

for a huge tomahawk slam that worked the FedEx Forum into a frenzy.

The Grizzlies were down big at the time, but this dunk by Morant energized Memphis on its way to a dramatic 111-109 victory to take a 3-2 series lead.

The reality is that Morant badly needed that play to get both himself and his team going

after suffering a thigh contusion in Game 2, Morant had performed below his typical superstar standards,

and had been having a quiet scoring night against a locked in Grizzlies defense