By: Alan Walsh
The Denver Nuggets are rolling on a nine-game winning streak right now thanks in part to Corey Brewer and the rest of the team’s bench play. With the way they are playing, they are certainly giving the starters a run for their playing time.
“It’s the energy, the altitude, but we’re also jelling as a team,” Brewer said. “We’re starting to play together and we know each other a little bit.”
Over the course of the streak, Brewer has averaged 13.8 PPG with his best game coming against the Atlanta Hawks on March 4th in a 104-88 win. In that game, he scored 22 points on 11-20 shooting, in addition to grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists. In addition to having a great night shooting, Nuggets coach George Karl referred to him as, “a pest defensively.”
On March 11th, Brewer added another 20 points in a 108-93 victory in Phoenix. He shot 7-16 from the field, and had 3 steals; contributing the way the Nuggets do best…running-and-gunning.
“Once we get running and getting into our groove, we’re tough to beat,” Brewer said. “It’s all about playing defense. Once we get stops and make them miss, we can run.”
Brewer’s season-high this year was a 27-point performance against the LA Lakers back on December 26th. In that contest, Brewer was an incredible 6-7 from behind the arc.
The Nuggets have fought hard to bring themselves within a game of the Memphis Grizzlies to get the #4 seed and more importantly, home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.