Posted by Matt Moore
Corey Brewer is there, he's ready, but he's also happy as a pig in sty. There's been increasing calls for Brewer to get time over Peja Stojakovic, who has struggled defensively. The Mavericks are -10 overall with Stojakovic on the floor while Brewer has gotten very little time. On Sunday before a pivotal Game 3, Brewer admitted it was difficult attempting to stay ready to play at a moment's notice, but understands that this opportunity is too good to waste.
"It's difficult but at the same time it's fun. When I come in I've got to bring all the little things I can do to help the team win."
Brewer's length and athleticism would be a big help at times against the super-athletic wings Miami brings to the table. The big question mark has been Brewer's comfort with the Mavericks' defensive system, despite his instant defensive energy and athleticism. Brewer, though, says that's not the issue, and instead it's simply a matter of the team's success relying on its veteran core.
"I feel like I'm comfortable. I've gotten some regular season games, a little bit of time in the playoffs. But at the same time, it's a veteran team. It's hard to argue against getting time because we're winning. That's all that matters."
Carlisle hasn't reached the tipping point to play Brewer much yet, but if Stojakovic's shot goes cold, Brewer's going to be called upon for a spark. After that it's whether that energy can offset his inexperience and whether Rick Carlisle is brave enough to trust the young player to defend two of the best wing players in the game on the biggest stage.