J.J. Redick knew better than to think he would slide into a perfect situation with the Milwaukee Bucks after being acquired at the trade deadline. But the seventh-year pro from Duke figured he could make it work, even though it meant meshing with an established backcourt tandem of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. And Redick admits he still is adjusting as he prepares to play his 20th game with the Bucks on Wednesday against Minnesota, after spending his first six-plus seasons as a member of the Orlando Magic. Redick found his shooting touch Monday night with a 20-point effort in Milwaukee's 131-102 thrashing of the Charlotte Bobcats. He hit 8 of 12 shots while scoring his highest point total since arriving in the Feb. 21 deal with Orlando. "I guess I expected it to be challenging," Redick said. "I think it's challenging for anybody. "Finding a comfort level with your teammates, all that stuff. The frustrating part has been picking my spots. When you have four or five games where the ball didn't go in the way I normally shoot the ball, that's frustrating. "I know this team needs my shooting. We're trying to win games. Despite all the stuff we've been through, we still have a shot to move up in the (Eastern Conference) standings. "I am my own harshest critic. I expect myself to make the adjustment. I expect myself to play well and make shots. Besides a few games, I feel like I've done that." Redick was 1 for 11 in a loss at Indiana and 2 for 12 in a loss at Philadelphia last week. He has shot 42.3% with the Bucks and 32.3% from three-point range, a decline from his marks with Orlando (45% and 39%). But Bucks coach Jim Boylan has not wavered in his confidence in Redick, who is averaging 12.3 points and 2.6 assists in 27.6 minutes per game.
J.J. Redick getting situated with Bucks
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Apr 3