Houston Rockets Look To Avoid Elimination for 5th Time This Post Season

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Apr 18, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer (33) and guard Pablo Prigioni (9) celebrate after a play during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Mavericks 118-108. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bench Mob:

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In the break through victory Monday in Game 4, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale shortened his bench substantially playing Terrence Jones and Corey Brewer 24 and 22 minutes respectively. The only other reserves who saw the court were Prigioni (17 minutes) and Clint Capela (4 minutes).

Though Brewer had a solid series versus Dallas and finished well against the Clippers he’s yet to make a significant contribution offensively in this series. It does feel like at some point he’ll get a few to drop and be as productive as Josh Smith has been the past few games. In the last series it was the “others” including Brewer who became the difference when the Rockets overtook L.A.

Perhaps part of the problem was he wasn’t on the court for the major dash that started Game 4, rather his minutes came once the pace slowed. Look for him to be one of the catalyst to push the pace tonight. In fact, one of Howard’s and Josh Smith’s favorite targets when rebounding is the long pass out to Brewer.

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