Brewer not shut down for the season…yet

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The “end” of the Memphis’ Grizzlies season just relies on a few mathematical kinks. The Grizz currently sit at ninth in the West, putting them just outside the post-season crowd. That’s an impressive feat given Memphis’ preseason projections, but the 6.5 games that stand between Memphis and the impressive Portland Trailblazers might as well be an ocean. There just isn’t enough time for the Grizzlies to make a serious run at the eighth seed, and Portland has shown no sign of letting up.

It’s just a matter of time until the Grizz are mathematically eliminated, rendering their season more or less over. Nobody told that to Ronnie Brewer, though, who still hopes to return from a hamstring injury to play again this season. From Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

“I’m still working my way onto the team in practice and trying to
get stronger,” Brewer said. “I’ll come back when it feels closer to

Brewer returned to action March 16, a little more than three weeks
after he suffered a partially torn right hamstring. The 6-8
guard/forward insists he didn’t come back too soon. “No. I don’t think so,” Brewer said. “The first game, it felt really
good. The second game, it was weaker. I really couldn’t do the things
I’m capable of doing, so I decided to take a step back.”

Brewer, a restricted free agent this summer, still sounds as if he’s eager to carve out his place on the Grizzlies. “My goal is to get back on the floor,” Brewer said, “because I feel like I can help this team.”

Power to him, though I’m sure no one would blame Brewer for working on resting and recovering instead of getting back on the hardwood. There’s no need to risk aggravating the injury, after all, if the Grizzlies don’t have any tangible gains to play for. The free agency angle is certainly an interesting wrinkle in this scenario, although I wouldn’t doubt Brewer’s sincere desire to return to the court in a season where he’s only played 58 games.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.