Before the midseason trade that brought the two-time NCAA champion to Houston, one of the biggest weaknesses the Rockets faced was the play from their bench. Especially a consistent backup for Rockets’ MVP James Harden. After taking a risk to sign forward Josh Smith, who was waived by the Detroit Pistons, general manager Daryl Morey made another bold midseason move. The Rockets then acquired Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
While Brewer showed excitement to play for a contender, some question whether his style of play would fit in Houston. However, Brewer would quickly put the doubters to rest as he made an immediate impact for the Rockets. In his Clutch City debut, Brewer scored 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 1 block in a 110-95 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
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