Call it the changing of the guards.
That's the process the Milwaukee Bucks are going through as they fit newcomer J.J. Redick into the backcourt rotation.
It started with Redick's impressive debut (16 points, seven assists) in the Bucks' 103-102 loss to Atlanta on Saturday night. And it will continue Tuesday night in Dallas and Wednesday night in Houston as the Bucks try to halt a slide that has resulted in nine defeats in the last 11 games.
But it's also a tricky process coming so late in the season with the Bucks fighting to hold on to playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
"You don't have as many practice days as you would like so you have to do things on the fly," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "The good thing is he's a veteran guy, so he knows the NBA.
"Teams run similar sets and do similar things defensively. And it's just a matter of getting comfortable with the calls. He's done a good job with that. All three guys have done a nice job with that, actually."
Starting guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis also have to alter their roles a bit after Thursday's trade deadline deal that landed Redick as part of a six-player swap with the Orlando Magic.
Ellis may have the biggest adjustment while getting more time at point guard. He played 44 minutes against the Hawks and contributed 14 points and 10 assists.
"I knew before we even did this that Monta could do that," Boylan said of playing at the point. "I wasn't surprised by the way he played.
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