Brown was a minor contributor for the Rockets during the 2016-17 campaign, helping serve as a backup to Patrick Beverley at point guard with an average of 2.5 points over 4.9 minutes in 25 games. He should play a similar role after signing a one-year extension and while Beverley is no longer with the Rockets, Chris Paul was added in his place, which should leave little to no minutes for Brown.
Brown collected 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt) in just six minutes during Sunday's 125-104 win over the Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
The veteran was out there chucking away Sunday, averaging nearly two points per minute on the floor. Brown's production and role has been minimal throughout the postseason, however, with Sunday's outing marking only the third playoff game he's been part of the rotation. Therefore, it's highly likely that this will serve as the high point of Brown's postseason, unless he sees some run in another blowout win or loss.
Brown totaled 15 points (6-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt), nine assists and one steal over 32 minutes in Monday's 125-96 loss to the Clippers.
The veteran guard has consecutive double-digit scoring efforts off the bench after not having accomplished the feat in any prior game this season. Brown's newfound opportunity has come as a result of coach Mike D'Antoni providing Lou Williams with some rest and Patrick Beverley some recovery time for an ailing shoulder. He could see similar run in Wednesday's regular-season finale versus the Timberwolves, but there wouldn't appear to be a spot for him in the postseason rotation.
Brown accumulated a season-high 16 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go with two assists and one rebound across 25 minutes during Sunday's 135-128 victory over the Kings.
Sunday marked the first time that Brown has seen the floor since March 17. The 32-year-old has been buried on the depth chart at point guard all season, but with Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza and Nene Hilario all sitting out for rest Sunday, he finally had a chance to crack the rotation. The Rockets are locked into the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and will likely continue to rest some key players over the final two games of the regular season, so Brown is a good bet to see some burn off the bench in those contests. However, it may be difficult to count on him matching the 25 minutes he received Sunday.
Brown (coach's decision) didn't see the court in a 117-109 loss to the Heat on Wednesday.
Brown hasn't played more than five minutes in any of his 17 appearances on the season, with nearly all of his action coming in garbage time. He's strictly emerging depth at point guard and is unlikely to pop up on the fantasy radar this season.
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