Dwyane Wade, LeBron James blow off Brandon Jennings’ ‘Bucks in 6′ upset prediction
Brandon Jennings just won’t stop poking the bear.
Milwaukee’s first-round playoff series against Miami opens on Sunday and while the Bucks enter as gigantic underdogs to the defending champions, Jennings has opted to ratchet up the bulletin board material trash talk.
“I think it’s going to be a good one, exciting one, I know everyone is counting us out,” Jennings said in an interview with TNT. “For us, there’s really no pressure. We’re just going to go out there and play basketball and win. … We’re going to win in six.”
That bold upset prediction was met with a few seconds of stone-faced silence and a raised eyebrow by Dwyane Wade.
“That was my reaction,” Wade told TNT. “Nothing. It doesn’t matter. He’s supposed to. If he comes out and says they’re going to lose in six, everyone’s going to say there’s something wrong with him. … He’s supposed to have confidence in his team.”
Jennings has gone the unquenchable self-confidence route multiple times this season. He first laid out his “Bucks in six” prediction earlier this week and the Journal Sentinel reported back in March that he said he would prefer to face the Heat rather than the Knicks in the first round.
“The two games that we played Miami so far, we matched up well against them,” Jennings said. “If you ask me, that’s who I would want to play first round, Miami.
“Just the fact over the years, a lot of the games have gone down to the wire with us and Miami. Right now we haven’t really played well against the Knicks. I just feel better if we play Miami first round, just the fact we have good games against them.
“I don’t know if it’s because they’re the champs or what, but we always play harder against Miami.”
LeBron James dismissed the comments earlier this week.
“I can only appreciate what we do here,” he told reporters. “Whatever their confidence or motivation, that’s for them to worry about and figure out. I can only appreciate what we’re trying to build here. Preparation going into Sunday, that’s all that matters.”
The Heat enter the series with the league’s best regular-season record, 66-16, while the 38-44 Bucks are are the only team in the 2013 playoffs that finished below .500. One oddsmaker recently set Miami as a 2-3 favorite to win the 2013 title; Milwaukee was regarded as a 500-1 long shot.
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