Friday, April 26, 2013
By Tom Carpenter
In 28 regular-season games after being acquired by the Milwaukee Bucks, J.J. Redick averaged 28 minutes, 10.6 FGA and 12.3 points per game. In three postseason games, though, Redick has averaged less than 14 minutes and totaled just 14 field-goal attempts and 19 points. However, he had a mini-breakthrough in Game 3 against the Miami Heat, when he took seven shots (6 3-point attempts) and finished with 11 points and 3 3-pointers in 17 minutes. Per Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, coach Jim Boylan said he told Reddick to shoot with confidence, but Redick said that wasn't the case.
"Jim never talked to me," Redick said. "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."
Looking ahead to the offseason, when Redick will be an unrestricted agent, it's hard to not read between the lines here a bit. If Redick, like teammate Brandon Jennings, has a beef with Boylan, it could affect whether he would re-sign with the team this summer. He certainly can't be excited about his role as a reserve guard. How the Bucks handle their backcourt this offseason will have a huge impact on how competitive the will be next season and beyond; it's possible they could lose Jennings, Monta Ellis and Redick as free agents.
Of course, whether Boylan returns next season is another issue on the table for the Bucks front office.