Brandon Jennings will get a good test right away as the Milwaukee Bucks play their preseason opener Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Canton, Ohio.

The Bucks' fourth-year point guard will go against reigning NBA rookie of the year Kyrie Irving, who has recovered from a broken right hand suffered this summer.

Irving had his share of success against the Bucks last season, including a 29-point performance in a game in Cleveland on March 30.

On that night the former Duke star was 6 of 6 from three-point range but left after three quarters with a sprained right shoulder.

Jennings has been working hard on his defense during training camp. Now he can measure his progress in an eight-game preseason schedule as the Bucks count down to the Nov. 2 season opener in Boston.

"At the end of the day it's going to start from me and Monta (Ellis) because we're the guards," Jennings said. "We're just trying to bring a defensive mentality to the team because that is what's going to get us to the playoffs.

"I'm containing more, being more aggressive and just bringing it every day in practice on the defensive end. That's why I'm doing it, so I can carry it onto the court in the real game."