PLAYOFFS? - The Bucks are talking about playoffs as they have clinched their 26th playoff berth in franchise
history, their first since the 2005-06 season, and are one of four teams in this year's playoffs that did not qualify
last year (along with Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Phoenix). The Bucks are 101-110 (.479) all-time in postseason
play and their 38-68 (.358) playoff road record is the ninth best in the NBA.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY - The Bucks enter the 2010 Playoffs with the second-least amount of previous
playoffs games played on their roster of any Eastern Conference team with 243, ahead of only Chicago's 225
(Atlanta is fifth with 359 games played). Kurt Thomas leads the young Bucks with 82 playoff games, followed by
Jerry Stackhouse with 64. Without the two 15-year vets, the Bucks have just 97 total games between them with
Carlos Delfino (29), Michael Redd (16), John Salmons (15), Luke Ridnour (11), Royal Ivey (6), Charlie Bell (5),
Andrew Bogut (5), Dan Gadzuric (5) and Darnell Jackson (5) having previously played in the postseason. Center
Primoz Brezec has played in 342 regular season games without appearing in the playoffs, the 14th most by any
active player (Hawks sixth man Jamal Crawford leads the list with 676 regular season games played).
FIRST IMPRESSIONS - The winner of game one in a best-of-seven series has won 309 of 393 series (.786) in NBA
history. The Bucks are 11-18 all-time in the first game of best-of-sevens, winning the series in nine of the 11 times
that they've won game one and going 3-15 in the series in which they lost the opener. Milwaukee's last game one
win in a best-of-seven came against Charlotte in the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals, when they went on to
win the series 4-3. The Bucks have lost their last four series openers and gone on to lose those series.
IMPRESSIVE IMPROVEMENTS - The Bucks have made the largest improvement in the East this season and third-most in the NBA, winning 12 more games
than they won last year (34-48 in 2008-09). From the 2007-08 season, the Bucks have improved on their 26-56 record by 20 games. Milwaukee's 46 wins
are their most wins since going 52-30 in the 2000-01 season. The Bucks also won 30 games (31-21) against the Eastern Conference for the first time since
posting a 33-21 mark in 2003-04 and their 22 wins (22-9) since the All-Star break are their most post-break since going 23-12 in 2000-01.
JOHNNY CASH - Guard John Salmons has been money all year for the Bucks, helping the team walk the line to the playoffs with a 22-8 (.733) record since
arriving at the trade deadline. Salmons averaged a team-high 19.9 points to go with 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals in the regular season, leading
or tied for the team lead in scoring in 16 of those games and scoring double-figures in 27 of the 30. He shot 46.7 percent (207-443) as a Buck, including
38.5 percent (45-117) from downtown.
LOOKOUT FOR LUKE - Luke Ridnour has scored double figures in 11 of the last 15 games to end the regular season, averaging 11.3 points and a teamleading
4.6 assists over that time. He shot 50.4 percent (65-129) during that stretch. On the season, Ridnour hit 90.7 percent (127-140) of his free throw
attempts, good for fifth in the NBA and tied for the third best season at the line in Bucks history (minimum of 120 makes). It's the first time a Buck has shot
90.0 percent or better from the charity stripe (minimum of 120 FTM) since Ray Allen knocked down 91.3 percent in the 2002-03 season.
THE STORY OF SIX - The Bucks have earned the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference for the second time since the 16-team playoffs were introduced in
1984. Their previous appearance in the six seed came in 2004, when they lost in the first round to Detroit, 4-1. Since 1984, the six seed is 87-144 (.377)
against the third seed with a 15-37 (.288) series record. The last six seed to beat a three was last year, when the Dallas Mavericks beat the San Antonio
Spurs in five games. The last time it happened in the Eastern Conference was in 2005, when the sixth-seeded Indiana Pacers defeated the third-seeded
Boston Celtics 4-3. The Houston Rockets are the only six seed to have made it all the way to the NBA Finals, doing so twice (1981 and 1995) and winning it
in 1995. The farthest an Eastern Conference six-seed has advanced has been the Chicago Bulls in 1989, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.
- The Bucks are 9-23 in Eastern Conference First Round road games and 27-35 overall in the first round.
Milwaukee is 3-19 in series when they are without home-court advantage.
- The Bucks 2006 playoff team became the first team in NBA history to qualify for the playoffs with four new
regular starters from the previous season. Again this year, four of their five probable starters were not with the
team in the previous season, with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute the only exception (started 52 games last year).
- In the last six games, Kurt Thomas has averaged 5.3 points and 9.7 rebounds starting in place of the injured
Andrew Bogut. The Bucks are 4-2 in those games.
- The Bucks set a franchise record with 645 three-pointers made this season, passing the previous mark of 593
set in 2001-02. Brandon Jennings' Bucks rookie record 145 three-pointers and Carlos Delfino's career-high
134 threes combined for 279 total triples, the most by a Bucks duo since Michael Redd (182) and Ray Allen
(123) hit 305 in 2002-03.
- Jerry Stackhouse averaged 14.0 points in the last three games to close out the season.
his 3,000th career rebound in the regular season finale on Wednesday.
- The Bucks allowed just 96.0 points per game, which set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a full
season (previously 96.9 points in 2000-01).