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News » Milwaukee Bucks Getting Inside 2009-10-31

Milwaukee Bucks Getting Inside 2009-10-31

Milwaukee Bucks Getting Inside 2009-10-31While Luke Ridnour had a better preseason, it was Brandon Jennings who started at point guard for the Bucks in their regular-season opener against the 76ers Friday night in Philadelphia.

Ridnour, who opened last season as the team's starting point guard and held down that spot until suffering a thumb injury, played well in preseason. Ridnour averaged 7.3 points while shooting 53 percent from the field, 43 percent from three-point range and 86 percent from the line. In contrast, Jennings, the Bucks' first-round draft pick, was a model of inconsistency, playing well at times, playing poorly at others.

Jennings averaged 10.9 points but shot a paltry 33 percent from the field, including a woeful 25 percent from beyond the arc.

Bucks coach Scott Skiles admitted choosing Jennings over Ridnour was more a gut decision.

"I felt like both guys played really well in the preseason in most of their minutes," Skiles said. "It's just my call. Even when I talked to Luke, it's not like I could give Luke five set reasons."

Skiles' decision looked like the right one against the 76ers. The 20-year-old Jennings played 34 minutes and almost registered a triple-double with 17 points, nine assists and nine rebounds.

Skiles said he intends to start Jennings again Saturday night when the Bucks make their regular-season home debut at the Bradley Center against the Detroit Pistons.

76ERS 99, BUCKS 86: Bucks coach Scott Skiles said one of the goals for his team this season was to become a top-flight defensive unit. After turning in a solid defensive showing in the first half against the 76ers Friday night, the Bucks' defense fell apart in the third quarter, allowing Philadelphia to score 33 points in the period and take the lead for good. Michael Redd and Brandon Jennings were the Bucks' only consistent scorers, each finishing with 17 points.

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