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Brewer gets the call once again

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When shooting guard Rip Hamilton was missing games because of a groin injury Ronnie Brewer started in his place. Now that small forward Luol Deng is sidelined with a torn ligament in his left wrist, it's Brewer who once again gets the starting nod.

"I've been able to learn the plays at both positions," Brewer said. "It's not going to be any easy playing the three versus the two. There are high-caliber players that you're going to face every night so you have got to come up and be ready for the test."

Brewer matched up against the Packers Danny Granger on Wednesday night. The six-year veteran entered the game averaging 16.1 points per game.

"What Ronnie has shown is that whether he's starting for Rip or starting for Luol and he's started a number of games in this league, is he can handle starting," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He handles coming off the bench. I thought last year him coming off the bench was a great asset. I value greatly what a guy like that can bring coming off the bench. In some ways I do miss what he brings off the bench but I also like what he does as a starter. It's a tribute to him and his versatility."

Brewer worked hard to extend his range during the offseason and entered Wednesday night's game shooting 50-percent from behind the arc.

"I'm going to have to try and do what I've been doing since I've been with the Bulls and that's hustle on both ends of the court, run the floor, be a tough defender," he said. "Tonight we have a tough matchup trying to guard Granger. These upcoming games you have a lot of tough guys that we're going to face. I'm just going to come in here and try to do my part and be an energy spark for this team."

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