Update: Brewer played 18 minutes and produced seven points (2-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and three turnovers in Wednesday's 114-81 Game 5 loss to the Warriors.
Analysis: Brewer entered the starting lineup in the Rockets' Game 1 loss, but after going just 1-for-8 from the field over 28 minutes in that contest, he ended up settling back into a bench role for the final four games of the series, with Donatas Motiejunas taking back his spot on the top unit. After thriving with the Rockets when he came over as a trade deadline acquisition last season, Brewer seemed to fall out of favor in the first year of the three-year, $24 million extension he signed with the team in July. During the regular season, Brewer saw his playing time drop by a full eight minutes from his 24-game run with the Rockets in 2014-15, and shot a paltry 38.4 percent from the field while suiting up in all 82 games. Brewer still profiles as a useful rotation cog due to his ability to play tough perimeter defense and knock down three-point shots, but now that he's 30 years old, it looks like he could be entering the decline phase of his career.