Brewer expected to play Game 1

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Yahoo’s Shams Charania is reporting Corey Brewer received treatment to his injured knee and shouldn’t miss any time and looks to play in Game 1 on Sunday against the Utah Jazz.

Brewer took a tumble after Mario Chalmers rolled up onto his knee on Wednesday night. It was incidental contact. It was an unfortunate and left Brewer clutching his right knee. Brewer would leave with a knee sprain per the Thunder. We all feared for the worst. However, the worst has come out: He’s expected to play in Game 1.

Since joining the Thunder as a free agent on March 1, he’s helped transform the Thunder into a contender once again. Since his first game on March 3, Oklahoma City is 11-7, the ninth best record in the NBA.

Oklahoma City’s offense has been reinvigorated with Brewer. Oklahoma City’s offensive rating is 109.5, which is seventh since adding Brewer. They’re averaging over 112 points per game. That’s in comparison to 107.4 (17th) during Andre Roberson’s injury to his signing.

In 18 games for the Thunder this season, Brewer is averaging 10.1 points per game, the most since the 2014-15 season, where he averaged 11.5 points per game. His 34.3 percent from three is the second best of career (2009-10, Brewer shot 34.6 percent).

It’s really his energy that does everything. He goes 100 mph and that’s infectious. Oklahoma City’s pace has skyrocketed since his signing. Oklahoma City is generating four more possessions a game. That’s four less for the opponent, which is a +8 net for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City hosts the Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference first round on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The game will be live on TNT and on Fox Sports Oklahoma. We’ll have Brady Trantham and Co. in arena for your complete Game Day coverage.

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