J.J. Redick broke through with a strong shooting performance in the first half in Game 3 on Thursday night.

But the Milwaukee Bucks guard said he has never lost confidence in his shot even after struggling in Game 1 and not playing much in Game 2 of the series.

"It was ball movement," Redick said of his success. "When we move the ball, we get open shots for guys."

Bucks coach Jim Boylan said in his pregame remarks that he told Redick to shoot with confidence but Redick disputed that.

"Jim never talked to me," Redick said. "He didn't say anything to me. I haven't spoken to him during the playoffs. I did not get that message.

"I don't need anybody telling me to be confident. I would have appreciated it.

"It wasn't a matter of Jim or my dad or my wife or God saying be confident.

"Be on the court, take your shots. They'll be there."

Redick scored 11 points, all in the first half, and took just one shot in the second half. He was 4 of 7, including 3 of 6 from three-point range, and his marksmanship helped the Bucks build a 10-point lead in the opening quarter.

"The rotation is the rotation," Redick said of playing just 7 minutes in the second half.

Asked about Sunday's Game 4, Redick said, "It's a matter of survival. It will be interesting."

Before the game Boylan said of Redick, "He's a self-critic. He looks at himself first. He wants to be shooting the ball better. He's had some good looks and some of them haven't gone in.

"But as a shooter you've just got to keep shooting."