Rick Carlisle apparently has precious little faith in Corey Brewer at this point.
There’s no other explanation for Brewer riding the bench for the entire game Wednesday night, when Peja Stojakovic didn’t play due to a stiff neck and Shawn Marion went out midway through the third quarter due to bruised ribs.
It’d be in the Mavs’ best interests if Carlisle musters up some confidence in Brewer by the time Carmelo Anthony arrives at the American Airlines Center this evening. They acquired Brewer to be their defensive stopper, something they’ll definitely need tonight.
We don’t yet know whether Stojakovic will suit up, but there’s no doubt about his ability to defend the Knicks’ newest star. Can’t do it.
We don’t know yet whether Marion will suit up, but it isn’t realistic to believe he’ll be able to play at a high level less than 24 hours after taking a nasty tumble into a cameraman and banging up his already sore ribs. Plus, Marion didn’t exactly shut down Melo the last time the Mavs saw him, when Anthony torched Dallas for 42 points in Denver.
Not that Brewer is a certified Melo stopper. Anthony has put up his normal numbers in a dozen career games against Brewer, averaging 25.1 points on 46-percent shooting.
But Brewer is by far the Mavs’ best bet against Anthony, if he actually gets off the bench.