As the New York Knicks remained unbeaten Tuesday night with a victory over the Orlando Magic, lost in the shuffle was the fat that guard-forward Ronnie Brewer sat out most of the second half after his surgically repaired knee swelled up.
Brewer only played 17 minutes against the Magic and made only 1-of-3 shots from the floor, something that his knee probably affected.
Part of the reason the Knicks have got off to such a great start is Brewer’s versatility on the defensive end of the floor, He can guard both 2’s and 3’s and Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson has used him that way. That versatility could come in handy against a team like the San Antonio Spurs, who the Knicks face Thursday night in San Antonio.
Offensively, the 27 year-old Arkansas native was averaging 10.5 PPG (before last night) for the undefeated Knicks, but his strength is on the defensive end of the floor.
What he does doesn’t show up in the box score, but Brewer simply doesn’t allow his man to score very often. He rotates, gets around screens, closes out, boxes out- Brewer is the prototypical defender and a coach’s dream, especially a defensive one like Woodson.
It’s a concern that Brewer is having knee issues again just five games into the season. Hopefully it is just some minor swelling and something that a day off today will take care of. With the Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies on tap next, Brewer could end up playing a key role in wins and losses.
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