Brandon Jennings Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

By Michael Terrill

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings was the named the Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday afternoon. This is the first player of the week award given out this season in the NBA.

“It’s still humbling to be player of the week with all the great players in the Eastern Conference,” Jennings said. “I’ve just got to keep it going and keep bringing intensity, and just keep playing smart.”

Jennings’ phenomenal performances against the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers are a huge reason why the Bucks have begun the season 2-0. Jennings recorded a double-double in the season opener against the Celtics when he posted 21 points and 13 assists. He also converted 52.9 percent of his shots from the field and was 1-for-3 from beyond the arc with six steals. It was Milwaukee’s first victory on the road in a season opener in six years.

Jennings did not play as well against the Cavaliers Saturday night, although he did record another double-double. He went 5-for-13 from the field with 13 points, 13 assists, four rebounds, one block, and two steals. Jennings did had four turnovers and only converted one of his five shots from 3-point range. However, that one three-pointer was the game winner at the buzzer to give the Bucks the victory.

The 23-year-old leads the NBA with 13.0 assists per game and is No. 1 in the Eastern Conference with an average of 4.0 steals per game. Jennings felt a little blue last week after Milwaukee did not give him the contract extension he very much desired. Maybe it was a good thing after the way he has played so far this season.

Milwaukee’s head coach Scott Skiles and teammate Monta Ellis are among several people that are impressed with Jennings’ performance in the first two games.

“He’s had a big impact on both games,” Skiles said. “He’s made a lot of good plays, a lot of smart plays.

“Guys are open and he’s finding them on time. The ball has moved around the perimeter. He’s catching it and moving it on to people. That’s a big step for Brandon.”

Ellis pointed out that although Jennings has scored 34 points in two games, it is more about his ability to find the playmakers on the court.

“If he’s not having a good game on the offensive end, he’s finding his teammates,” Ellis said. “With this team he doesn’t have to do too much.

“We’ve got a lot of veteran guys here that understand the game and can guide him as well as he’s trying to guide us.”

Houston Rockets guard James Harden was named the Western Conference player of the week after he averaged 35.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in three games this season.

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