Brewer played 18 minutes and produced seven points (2-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and three turnovers in Wednesday's 114-81 Game 5 loss to the Warriors. Brewer entered the starting lineup in the Rockets' Game 1 loss, but after going just 1-for-8 from the field over 28 minutes in that contest, he ended up settling back into a bench role for the final four games of the series, with Donatas Motiejunas taking back his spot on the top unit. After thriving with the Rockets when he came over as a trade deadline acquisition last season, Brewer seemed to fall out of favor in the first year of the three-year, $24 million extension he signed with the team in July. During the regular season, Brewer saw his playing time drop by a full eight minutes from his 24-game run with the Rockets in 2014-15, and shot a paltry 38.4 percent from the field while suiting up in all 82 games. Brewer still profiles as a useful rotation cog due to his ability to play tough perimeter defense and knock down three-point shots, but now that he's 30 years old, it looks like he could be entering the decline phase of his career.
Brewer will get the start in Saturday's Game 1 against the Warriors. In order to counter the Warriors small-ball approach, the Rockets will start both Brewer and Trevor Ariza up front, along with Dwight Howard. Brewer has not started a game since before the All-Star break, and Houston has most recently used Donatas Motiejunas as its starting power forward.
Brewer (arm) contributed two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), four assists, two steals, one rebound, and one block in 15 minutes during the Rockets' 129-105 win against the Timberwolves on Monday. Brewer was able to play through the sore shoulder he sustained in Sunday's showing against the Lakers. However, he has seen 20 minutes or more in only three of the last 10 games, and has meager averages of 4.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and one assist in 14 minutes during five April appearances.
Brewer (arm) will play Monday against the Timberwolves, broadcaster Craig Ackerman reports. Brewer came into Monday with a sore shoulder but will ultimately play through the pain as the Rockets look to solidify a spot in the playoffs. The veteran is averaging 14 minutes per game in April.
Brewer is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Timberwolves due to a right arm bruise, Kyle Ratke of Timberwolves.com reports. Brewer sustained the injury Sunday against the Lakers, a game in which he played only nine minutes, finishing with four points, an assist and a rebound. The Rockets will wait until later in the day to issue an update, but if Brewer is ultimately held out expect to see more of Michael Beasley and Jason Terry on the wing.
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