Keys to the Wolf Den: Corey Brewer and Wayne Ellington Playing Together

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJanuary 15, 2010

DETROIT - APRIL 04:  Wayne Ellington #22 of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on while taking on the Villanova Wildcats during the National Semifinal game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Ford Field on April 4, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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I imagine the Timberwolves must be tired.

A truly amazing game featuring three overtime periods in which the Wolves finally showed something that had not shown, despite the loss.


Fatigue set in while the Wolves played the Grizzlies, as the third quarter truly blew them out of the water.

Despite that, the Wolves are clearly in a rebuilding phase, and although the Wolves have started to take two steps back once again, there have been bright lights shining on Corey Brewer and Wayne Ellington.

Corey Brewer has been playing extremely well as of late and has even been hitting his three-point shots.

In his last five games, he's 10-20 from the three-point line; he's scored double figures in four games; and he has scored 20-plus points twice. He's also averaging a block in the month of January as well as playing very good defense in the passing lanes and individually.

Wayne Ellington has been on a roll, and while he has had up-and-down games with his shot, the promise is there, and he's a huge contributor—and one of the steals of the 2009 NBA draft.

His shooting mechanics are amazing, and he already has knocked down two clutch three-point shots as a rookie in a historic game for the Wolves.

He has scored 17 points in each of his last two games; that happens to be a career high for the rookie. In both games, he's 15-25 from the field and 4-6 from the three-point line.

The Wolves still require depth in a huge way with their shooting guards (Ellington), and small forwards (Brewer), but it's interesting to see how both players will progress.

Onto the juicy part...

Should they play together in the starting lineup?

It was Wayne Ellington and Corey Brewer who played almost the whole fourth quarter of the overtime game, and the extra three periods.

That game showed that Ellington could hold his own against the likes of Shane Battier and Trevor Ariza on defense, despite being significantly shorter.

Putting them both in the starting lineup would give Jonny Flynn more options to work with and would spread the floor better with Al Jefferson.

Just a thought...

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