Sprained thumb and diminished playing time limiting Bulls' Brewer

Apr 20 2011 - 4:22pm

So active in wreaking defensive havoc down the stretch of the regular season, Ronnie Brewer hasn't affected much in the first two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Part of this is coach Tom Thibodeau has stretched out the starters' minutes and Brewer's playing time has dropped from 22 minutes per game in the regular season to 15:54.

And part of it is Brewer clearly struggling to play through his sprained left thumb, which he tapes.

"It's not like it's going to heal after a day or two," Brewer said. "We practice every day and I'm in constant contact so it's not like I'm sitting out or taking plays off. You have to fight through it and help your team when you're called upon. That's what I intend to do. It's not an excuse to play like I did."

Brewer, who said the thumb has been hit multiple times, is averaging three points, two assists and one steal.

Look out, below: Darren Collison sprained his left ankle stepping on a courtside cameraman and is listed as day-to-day for Thursday's Game 3, though Pacers coach Frank Vogel sounded pessimistic at Tuesday's practice. Losing Collison would be a huge blow to the Pacers.

Does Derrick Rose ever worry about the proximity of people to the court?

"No, not at all," Rose said. "If they're right there and I'm running the way I run, they're getting run over. I feel bad for a camera guy if I'm running his way. There's no way I can stop."

Layups: Rose, on the series shifting to Conseco Fieldhouse for Games 3 and 4: "Love it. The crowd, I know it's going to be unbelievable. It seems like you against the world. The best thing is go in there and play your best." ... Rose, on Kyle Korver knocking down critical 3-pointers with 48.4 seconds left in Game 1 and 64 seconds remaining in Game 2: "You can't help (defensively) off him. He's focused and ... a knock-down shooter. He has a touch that nobody else has." ... CSN Chicago reported a combined 18.51 local household rating with TNT, which also broadcast the game. That means 648,331 sets were tuned in, beating "Dancing With the Stars."

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