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Ronnie Brewer's knee is sore, but Knicks expect him to face the Spurs

Ronnie Brewer celebrates his 3-point shot in the

Ronnie Brewer celebrates his 3-point shot in the first half during a game against the Dallas Mavericks. (Nov. 9, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

Ronnie Brewer had his left leg in a long black compression device while the Knicks practiced today.

Mike Woodson called it precautionary because Brewer had soreness and swelling in the left knee that was scoped in September. The Knicks are calling him probable for tomorrow’s game against the Spurs.

“He’ll play,” Woodson said. “It’s a precaution. Today we weren’t going to do much anyway. He’s got to get a little treatment.”

Woodson was asked if Brewer came back too soon from his injury. He said no and then said he needed to be more mindful of how many minutes he plays Brewer.

“When our doctors tell us guys are ready to go they’re ready to go,” Woodson said. “I just got to be a little careful in terms of how many minutes I play him. I played him 37 in that Dallas game [last week]. It was probably a bit much. He and I talked about it so we’ll work on it.”

Tomorrow’s game is the first of a back-to-back so Woodson will try and manage Brewer’s minutes. He’s been a key to the Knicks’ 5-0 start with his defense and shooting.

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Woodson talked last year about wanting J.R. Smith to be more professional. Woodson said Smith has been, and pointed to what he’s wearing to games.

“He’s in a suit,” Woodson said. “It’s beautiful to see, man.” Smith is averaging 18.2 points and has hit 13-of-18 three-pointers.

Tags: Knicks , J.R. Smith , Ronnie Brewer , Mike Woodson

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