Brandon Jennings was taken aback by the minute-load in his return to the NBA, playing a whopping 24 minutes in his season debut for the Milwaukee Bucks and nearing a triple-double effort in the process.
The skilled lefty benefitted from starter Eric Bledsoe being in foul trouble for the majority of the game, giving Jennings the opportunity to step up with 16 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds in his limited stint coming off the bench.
Jennings admitted to being tired throughout the game, given the intense pace of an NBA game and the physical toll it takes on the body.
“I was real tired,” said Jennings, according to Matt Velasquez of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I kept telling Bled, ‘Don’t foul, stop fouling. I’m tired.’”
Jennings was an efficient 5-of-9 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, and a clean 3-of-3 from the stripe in his debut, since being called up from G League affiliate Wisconsin Herd and signed to a 10-day contract.
Yet no one was more pumped for Jennings than Bledsoe, who cut off his post-game interview to take a dig at his new teammate.
“You couldn’t get them last two rebounds?” he interjected as Jennings answered a question.
Jennings being two boards away from a triple-double shows the quality he brings to this team, especially one in such dire need of 3-point shooting and one that can use an avid playmaker coming off the bench.
The 6-foot-1 guard is making his case for remaining with the team long-term, as the Bucks have climbed to seventh place in the East.