Brandon Jennings Injury: Updates on Bucks Guard's Achilles
Denton tweeted on Wednesday:
#Bucks WILL NOT have Brandon Jennings (Achilles) or Larry Sanders (sore back) in the second half. Sanders fell hard to the floor on foul.— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) April 11, 2013
Jennings has averaged 17.8 points, 6.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc this season. That includes dropping 30 points against the defending champion Miami Heat on Tuesday. He has set a career high thus far this season in assists per game and has tied his career high for three-point percentage (from 2009-10).
The 23-year-old has formed a dynamic backcourt with shooting guard Monta Ellis, combining with the former Golden State Warrior to average nearly 37 points per contest. He's critical for the Bucks as they head into the playoffs (currently slated to face the Heat in their first-round matchup).
While the Bucks have secured the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, they have done so while going a mediocre 37-40. They're ranked 11th in the NBA in defensive efficiency, but 21st in offensive efficiency, per TeamRankings.com.
That makes the injury to Jennings even more troublesome. If they've struggled this much offensively with him, just imagine how they'll fare without him.
With a playoff spot already locked up before Wednesday's game, it would be a shame if this ended up being an injury that forced Jennings to miss some postseason play.
The Bucks last made the playoffs in the 2009-10 season, falling to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round in seven games.
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