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Brandon Jennings still says ‘Bucks in six’ in advance of Game 3 against the Heat

Apr 25, 2013, 12:25 PM EST

Before the first round playoff series between the eighth-seeded Bucks and the defending champion Heat got started, Brandon Jennings went on record as saying that his team would win the series in six games.

Now that we’re two games in, after Miami won Game 1 by 23 points and Game 2 by 12, Jennings (as seen in the video clip above) doesn’t see any reason to back down from those comments.

“I still said six,” Jennings told Craig Sager after Game 2. “So we’ll see what happens. Might take a little longer.”

In fairness to Jennings, what’s he supposed to say? That his team has no chance and is going to lay down to get willingly steamrolled for four straight games?

Milwaukee actually showed a lot of positive signs in Game 2, and those are the things they’ll need to build upon when the series shifts to Milwaukee Thursday night for Game 3.

The Bucks were within just three points after three quarters, before a 12-0 run from Miami to open the fourth put the game away. Milwaukee can’t afford those types of lapses, though the energy from Miami’s second unit, especially from Chris Andersen in this series, might be too difficult for the Bucks to match.

Regardless of how you view Jennings’ comments, he deserves credit for doing everything he can to back up his bold prediction. He leads the Bucks in scoring over the first two games of the series, although most of that damage was done during a stellar 18-point first half in Game 1; in Game 2, when Miami’s defense was focused on taking the ball out of the hands of both Jennings and Monta Ellis, he finished 3-15 from the field for just eight points.

Milwaukee got strong games offensively from Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders in Game 2, as well as from Mike Dunleavy off the bench in a game where Jennings and Ellis both finished in single digits scoring. Milwaukee needs to get its two leading scorers more involved in Game 3, continue to get production inside from its bigs, and avoid being on the wrong end of one of those monster Miami runs to have a chance at extending the series beyond four games.

  1. spthegr8 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    In his defense. What’s he supposed too say. ” yeah they are gonna sweep us” . I mean, I’m SURE he is WELL aware that they aren’t going too beat the heat. But I like the confidence cuz if he did say” we don’t have chance against the Heat”. Would you want him on your team???? I’m just saying!!

  2. siege102 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Why not try Dalembert or Gooden to try and muscle up with the Birdman? I know Boylan is an interim coach but he’s terrible.

    • bougin89 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      I’m also surprised they haven’t given Dalembert a look. They need to get some offensive boards to help control the pace of the game and it can’t hurt to give Dalembert a look.

      As for Boylan, I definitely hope they have plans to replace him.

  3. fanofthegame79 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I agree with you spthegr8, but maybe he shouldn’t have made the prediction in the first place. All it does is provides white board material for the other team. Not that the Heat needed that for this series. It just puts egg on Jennings’ face.

    • rmfields - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Let’s be honest. The Heat don’t need white board material to beat the Bucks.

  4. eventhorizon04 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I know people are getting on this guy, and I wouldn’t consider myself a Jennings fan, but his role as a team leader is to try to inspire confidence.

    Great motivational speeches by underdogs don’t usually start with, “The book-keepers in Vegas say it’s almost certain we get swept, and based on my reading of the advanced statistic, I agree – we have no chance.”

    • jaerba - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Yeah, but leaders also lose credibility when they make crazy predictions. :P

      There’s a middle ground between guaranteeing a win and guaranteeing a loss.

  5. WatchThis - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Who?

  6. bougin89 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Normally I’d say something to the liking of I’m glad he has confidence that they can win but in reality the Bucks only real chance against the Heat is if the Heat take them too lightly and play effortlessly and their role players go extremely cold from 3. Jennings’ comments have only motivated the Heat and their role players haven’t gone ice cold.

    At this point I’m hoping we can steal one from them in Milwaukee but even that’s looking doubtful.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    After the Miller/Allen eras end in Miami, can anyone else foresee Mike Dunleavy signing on at a reduced rate to play with the King?

  8. klownboy - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Hey Brandon, here’s a prediction for you: Heat in 4…

  9. packhawk04 - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    The king? Who in the hell still calls james the king? Hes a great player, best in the game. But he gave up on being the king when he went to the heat. Thats just a fact.

  10. supremekingz - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Lebron is still the king. Don’t like it? Get over it

  11. jimeejohnson - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Note to Brandon Jennings: your team HAS TO win tonight for your prediction to come true. Good luck, cause you’re gonna need it!

  12. kavika6 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Hard to believe someone in that series is even cockier than lebron.

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