If anyone is operating on the illusion that playing point guard in the NBA is easy, you can look to Brandon Jennings and Derrick Rose for confirmation that that theory is flawed. Jennings has fallen on hard times since the media storm that’s encompassed him since his 55-point game. Rose has struggled some in his second NBA season, likely due to an ankle injury and a suspect jump-shot. He’s getting to the rim less and having to settle for more mid-range jump shots. And as I said, he’s not particularly good at shooting mid-range or long distance jump shots, hitting just 40 percent of his 16-23 foot jumpers while pretty much completely foregoing the three (1-6 on the year). Rose’s inability to shoot the three makes him a little easier to guard and Jennings confidence at home makes him more liable to have a big day offensively. The Bulls don’t have a Dwight Howard roaming the paint to deter him inside. Could be a nice day.
The Bucks are going to need better performances out of their wings in the future, specifically more than two three pointers and one free throw made out of all of their shooting guards and small forwards combined, to avoid similar fates if they are going to continue to allow this many free throws. And judging from last season and the pre-season evidence, the free throw problem isn’t going anywhere.
This is a match-up not so dissimilar from opening night for the Bucks. The Bulls are going to look to transition and score easy baskets, as they have lots of athleticism and don’t have a lot of great half court players. If they are forcing turnovers it could be a very long night for the Bucks, who don’t have Redd to help them play catchup. Jennings shined in his first road game in Philly, but will be dealing with a much tougher point guard tonight.