Brandon Jennings received plenty of blowback for his comments recently about the Bucks knocking off the Heat in the first round. On Sunday after the Bucks' shootaround at American Airlines Arena, Jennings defended his comments and asked reporters the obvious question:
“What else am I supposed to say? `Let’s play our best and hopefully we win a game,”’ Jennings said. “Nah, you’re supposed to say you want to win. That’s the main thing.”
Earlier this week, Jennings predicted the Bucks would defeat the Heat in six games.
“At the end of the day, everybody is writing us off anyway so I don’t know why my comments are so crazy and like, `Oh my God, I can’t believe he said that,”’ Jennings said on Sunday morning. “Everybody is writing us off and saying we’re going to get swept, so I’m just defending our team.”
Jennings has played well at times against the Heat, and back in March Jennings said he wanted to play the Heat in the first round because it provided the Bucks with a good match-up. The Bucks finished the season 38-44, or 28 games out of first place in the East, but Milwaukee did take a game from the Heat back in December. Jennings was 8 of 16 in the game and 2 of 7 from three-point range. The Heat won the season series 3-1.
Overall, Jennings 33 of 72 from the field this season against the Heat and 10 of 31 from three-point range. In the Heat's final game against Milwaukee (April 9), Jennings was 10 of 16 from the field and 4 of 9 from three-point range for 30 points.
“We’re here to come here and try to win basketball games, whether it’s in five, four, seven, six (games), whatever,” Jennings said. “We come here to win. We understand they’re the champs but I don’t know if that comment gets their attention more. They’re the champs. Their attention should have already been high.
"Of course, they have three future Hall of Famers. It’s definitely going to be hard. These guys are not the champs for no reason. They have great players. LeBron James is probably going to get his fourth MVP. These guys have been through everything you can possibly put a basketball team through.”