Job 1 for new Milwaukee Bucks coach Jim Boylan after he took over last week was to reshuffle the playing rotation.
And in large measure that meant resolving the power forward situation.
An unhappy Ersan Ilyasova was coming off the bench. Rookie John Henson was playing in spurts but not getting regular minutes.
It's clear now there was a divide between Bucks management and former coach Scott Skiles on both counts.
Ilyasova was awarded a four-year, $32 million contract during the off-season and the Bucks were seeing little immediate payoff on their investment. And the 6-foot-11 Henson, picked 14th overall in the June draft, was still a bit of a mystery.
After four games under Boylan, both players are settling into more certain roles.
And it was Henson who provided 19 points and six rebounds in a solid performance off the bench Sunday to help the Bucks rally for a 107-96 road victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Next up is an even bigger test against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday night. Yes, the struggling Lakers have lost six of their last seven games, but center Dwight Howard returned from a shoulder injury in a 113-93 rout of Cleveland on Sunday night.
Boylan joked after the Bucks' victory in Toronto that he will be tested while watching Henson go through the learning process.
"John's a funny player," Boylan said. "He's got two or three good plays and a couple bad plays. I don't have much hair left, but whatever it is, it's probably going to be coming out soon.
"As a coach you tend to hone in on certain things, so those were the groaning moments. But I see what he brings to the table. He's a young kid that doesn't understand the whole league, hasn't been through the whole league yet.
"As that happens and he starts to learn his game a little bit better, we're hoping he finds his sweet spot on offense.
"And defensively, it's just awareness and being alert. He gets caught off guard every once in a while by a screen or whatever it is. We'll work with him on that and we have confidence he's going to improve in those areas."
It doesn't hurt to have veterans around who know the game. Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy is establishing a connection with Henson when the two are on the floor together.
If Dunleavy draws the defense, he has the ability to find Henson near the rim, where the big man can convert with short hook shots and by using his right or left hand.
"He makes it easy with the way teams jump out on our pick-and-rolls or our screens," Dunleavy said. "John can finish."
It's a Duke-North Carolina combination that has potential to continue.
"He (Dunleavy) is such a good shooter that everybody jumps out on him," Henson said. "So you've just got to roll to the rim and be ready to finish for him.
"That will help him out and get him open for shots."
Ilyasova has prospered, too, since the coaching change was made one week ago.
He said he wasn't worried about starting but that he needed the minutes to gain some consistency. Since Boylan has taken over, Ilyasova has started every game and averaged 26.5 minutes while contributing 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Ilyasova battled foul trouble Sunday and had nine points and five rebounds in 26 minutes against the Raptors.
"This past summer we made a commitment to Ersan," Boylan said. "We have to make sure we give him the support and the confidence, give him the minutes he deserves.
"He's a good player and he just has to relax and play his game. When he does that, he helps us a lot."
Ilyasova can be the "stretch 4" that is the rage in the NBA, a 6-10 player who can shoot the three-pointer but also get some baskets in the paint. He also is capable on the boards as he showed with a 25-rebound game last season against the Nets.
"Ersan's not a super-athlete," Boylan said. "He's one of those guys who gets his hand on the ball and tips it around to himself.
"But that takes a lot of effort and that's what he does. On the offensive end he can shoot the ball. Defensively, his effort has to be high."
Jennings honored again: Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings was named the Eastern Conference player of the week for the last four games, all played under Boylan.
Jennings averaged 24.5 points and 6.5 assists while shooting 47.7% overall and 50% from three-point range while leading the Bucks to a 3-1 record.
The award is the third of Jennings' career and his second this season.
Monta Ellis also has a player of the week honor this season, giving the Bucks three such honors and tying them with Miami (LeBron James with three) and Oklahoma City (Kevin Durant with three) for most by a team in the league this season.