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Brandon Jennings responded to the dismissal of Bucks head coach Scott Skiles by shooting his way to another PoW award. ALL HAIL JIM BOYLAN.
Brandon Jennings earned his second Eastern Conference Player of the Week award of the season, the NBA announced today. Jennings led the Bucks to a 3-1 record last week, including come-from-behind wins in Chicago and Toronto. His 24.5 points per game during that stretch were second in the conference, and he also added 6.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Jennings has been key to a Bucks offense averaging over 107 points per 100 possessions since Jim Boylan was named interim head coach. Jennings is shooting almost 50% from the field since the switch, and his true shooting percentage is a terrific 64.5%. He's made 13 three-point shots while shooting 50% from behind the arc during that span, and he's also earned 25 free-throw attempts.
Jennings won Player of the Week honors in the first week of the season, when he tallied 34 points and 26 assists in Milwaukee's first two games. He is now tied with Carmelo Anthony for second in the Eastern Conference with two such awards, behind LeBron James (3). And hilariously enough, the Bucks are tied with the Heat (well, tied with LeBron) for the most ECPoW awards, thanks to Monta Ellis' winning week in late December.
Jennings and Ellis will both need to play at award-winning levels against the Lakers tomorrow if the Bucks want to continue their success on the road. Los Angeles snapped a six-game losing streak by demolishing the Cavaliers on Sunday.