Corey Brewer bides time for action

DALLAS -- Apparently having the team owner and the head coach dote all over you doesn't guarantee playoff minutes. Corey Brewer understands that.

Mark Cuban said he hoped to see Brewer's enthusiasm and energy on the floor. Coach Rick Carlisle has said Brewer plays like his pants are on the fire. Unfortunately for the fourth-year small forward, Brewer is still waiting to play in his first NBA playoff game.

"He said stay ready, anything can happen," Brewer said, referring to a phrase that is a Carlisle staple. "I just try to keep my head in the game and stay ready."

Brewer put together consecutive impressive outings when Jason Kidd rested. But Brewer is behind starter Shawn Marion and another veteran, Peja Stojakovic, who provides the Mavs a 3-point threat that Brewer can't. Against a Blazers team that boasts a tall backcourt, plus Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum on the wings, it's not out of the question that Brewer could be called upon.

For now, his postseason experience remains limited to two national championships at Florida.

"Oh yeah, I want to play bad," Brewer said. "I want to play every game no matter if it’s the playoffs or not. But, in the playoffs the crowd is crazy, it’s a great atmosphere, there’s no question you want to play. I want to help these guys any way I can just to win."