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Brandon Jennings, author of the Bucks in 6 craze, appears to be back in Milwaukee for Game 6 – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Bucks rookie guard Brandon Jennings scored 55 points against the Golden State Warriors in 2009.

Brandon Jennings, the former Milwaukee Bucks guard who … how do we say this, accidentally created a prophecy? … is in Milwaukee according to his verified Instagram account. Does that mean he’ll be in attendance Tuesday night for Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum when the Bucks meet the Suns?

The post shows Jennings standing on a porch with a “Milwaukee, Wisconsin” tag and the caption, “414.” Video on his Instagram story also shows a night drive across the Milwaukee River downtown. 

Jennings, in a moment of admirable/unfounded confidence, brashly floated that the eighth-seeded Bucks would beat the top-seeded Miami Heat in six games in the first round of the 2013 playoffs. The Heat was flush with stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, not to mention Ray Allen.

The Bucks did not, in fact, win in six. They lost in four. The Bucks scored no more than 91 points in any of the four games.

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Miami went on to win the NBA title.

But the “Bucks in 6” concept stuck, and it was reignited when Jennings was back with the team in 2018, proclaiming Bucks in six was “for the culture.”

The Bucks defeated the New Jersey Nets in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals in 1984 but, oddly enough, hadn’t won another playoff series in six games until beating the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals to reach Milwaukee’s first NBA Finals since 1974.

If they win Tuesday, the Bucks will have secured the franchise’s first title since 1971. And they will have done it in six. 

Jennings is perhaps best known for his 55-point game against Golden State as a rookie in 2009, and that “Fear the Deer” team eventually pushed the Atlanta Hawks to seven games in the first round of the NBA playoffs. 

The 2012-13 season was Jennings’ last in Milwaukee (at least, before his return); in the offseason he was part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Detroit Pistons that brought back Brandon Knight and a second-year small forward named Khris Middleton.

Jennings, 31, last played in the NBA during that 2018 season.

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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