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JJ Redick: I have not spoken to Jim Boylan during the playoffs

JJ-Redick-BucksThe Milwaukee Bucks stood little to no chance against the Miami Heat to begin with heading into the first round of the playoffs, but they might as well pack their bags now. Miami took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 104-91 win in Milwaukee on Thursday night. If it wasn’t already over, it is now.

One of the lone bright spots on the night for the Bucks was JJ Redick, who scored 11 points in the first half alone and finished the night 3-for-6 from three-point range. After scoring only six points on 1-for-6 shooting in Game 1, Redick was given only eight minutes of playing time in Game 2.

For whatever reason, Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan has shied away from Redick. Before Game 3, Boylan said he told Redick to keep shooting with confidence and his shots will fall. Redick doesn’t remember it that way.

“Jim never talked to me,” Redick told reporters, via the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. “He didn’t say anything to me. I haven’t spoken to him during the playoffs. I did not get that message.

“I don’t need anybody telling me to be confident. I would have appreciated it. It wasn’t a matter of Jim or my dad or my wife or God saying be confident. Be on the court, take your shots. They’ll be there.”

That sounds like trouble. After averaging 28.7 minutes and 12.3 points per game with the Bucks during the regular season, Redick has been limited to just 13.7 minutes per game in the postseason. Milwaukee has lost each game by 12 or more points, so whatever Boylan has been trying to do against LeBron James and company has not worked.

While there is probably nothing Boylan would be able to do to put his team in a position to knock off the defending champs, you can understand Redick’s frustration. He can’t keep shooting if he’s not on the floor. Between Redick’s comments and that brief tweet Brandon Jennings sent at the beginning of the month, it’s easy to get the impression that there is a lot of disconnect between Boylan and his players.

Brandon Jennings calls out Bucks coach Jim Boylan on Twitter, quickly deletes

Brandon Jennings has not been pleased with Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jim Boylan lately, and his frustration briefly boiled over to Twitter on Saturday. During a 109-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jennings was critical of Boylan’s decision to call a timeout with 10 seconds left and his team trailing by 10. He tweeted the following before quickly deleting it, but per usual someone was able to capture it first:

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It’s never a good idea to fire off a tweet before getting a hold of your emotions, but some athletes do it anyway. Jennings has a history of butting heads with his coaches. He never seemed to get along with former coach Scott Skiles, but at one point the fourth-year guard said he felt like he felt like he gotten his swagger back with Boylan calling the shots.

Perhaps that feeling no longer exists. Last week, Boylan benched Jennings after he gave up an easy layup to Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday in the third quarter. Jennings sat out the rest of the game, and afterword he was quick to point out that he felt Boylan was making an example out of him in an unfair manner.

The Bucks are currently fighting for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Jennings’ stats are down from last year and he has indicated on several occasions that he could make life difficult for Milwaukee when he becomes a restricted free agent this offseason. Based on his history, it’s probably a pretty safe bet that it will happen.

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Brandon Jennings: I have my swag back with Jim Boylan coaching Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have won both of their games under Jim Boylan since the interim head coach took over for Scott Skiles at the beginning of the week. Brandon Jennings scored 29 points in the Bucks’ win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday and 35 in a win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Jennings looks like he has received a burst of energy from the coaching change, and the fourth-year guard said it has to do with his swagger.

“At first, it was tough for me, just the fact that Skiles was my coach my first four years in the league,” Jennings said according to CSNChicago.com. “Of course, Boylan’s been here for the four years, too. But I know the first night, when we first had him, it was a little different looking on the sideline and (Skiles) wasn’t there. But Coach Boylan, he’s been here for four years, we’ve worked together in the summertime, so he knows my game and I know what to expect from him.

“I felt like I can do what I want. I’ve got my swagger now. I can clown around, dance, do what I want. I might end up changing my hair back again. I think just overall, the confidence that the team has. Everybody’s playing with confidence. Guys are just playing free. We’re not really thinking right now; we’re just hooping.”

Of course, that’s all easy to say after just two games. The Bucks finished the 2011-2012 season with a record of 31-35, and they are 18-16 so far this season. That means at the moment they are still around a .500 team. That being said, teams generally perform better when their superstars are content. At roughly this time last season, Jennings expressed his frustration with the direction of the organization. The fact that he says he is enjoying himself — even if that means bringing back his bizarre hairdo — is certainly a positive for the organization.

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