BRANDON'S BONUS BASKETBALL - The Bucks are playing bonus basketball for the first time since 2006, and
Brandon Jennings has a lot to do with that. The rookie point guard is second on the Bucks in scoring in his debut
playoff series, leading all rookies with 18.7 points on 43.1 percent shooting (22-51), including 44.4 percent (8-18)
from long distance. Jennings also leads all rookies in assists (3.3) and is second in steals (1.3) and blocks (1.0).
His five assists and two blocks on Saturday represent his highest totals of the postseason. The Young Buck poured
in 34 points in Game One, tied for the fourth most by a rookie in his playoff debut and just two off of the record for
most points in a rookie's first postseason game.
HUNDRETH AT HOME - Tonight's game will be the Bucks 100th home playoff game in their 42-year history.
Milwaukee holds an all-time record of 59-40 (.596) at home and 12-16 (.429) all-time in the playoffs at the Bradley
Center. They hosted their first playoff game since May 1, 2006 and their first home playoff win since April 29 of
that year. This is the club's 26th playoff berth in franchise history, and first since the 2005-06 season, and the
Bucks are 102-112 (.477) all-time in postseason play.
SAL-MANIA - Sal-mania continues to sweep Milwaukee as John Salmons is averaging a team-leading 19.7 points to go with 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds in
three postseason games for the Bucks. Salmons seven dishes on Saturday are a new playoff career-high. Additionally, his 3.0 steals are the most by any
player in the NBA Playoffs and his six in game one are an NBA postseason-high. Milwaukee ended the regular season with a 22-8 (.733) record after
acquiring Salmons at the trade deadline, with the shooting guard averaging a team-high 19.9 points with 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Salmons
has led the Bucks in scoring in the last two games, finishing with 22 on Saturday.
MORE THAN FINE OFF THE PINE - The Bucks reserves deserve some praise for their recent play as they are outscoring the Hawks 112-62 (37.3-20.7)
through three games, beating Atlanta's reserves in all three contests. Jerry Stackhouse leads the bench with 12.3 points per game and the 15-year NBA
veteran reached 950 career playoff points on Saturday, finishing with 16 to give him 965 career postseason points. - Ã...âeoeStack- Ã' is averaging 15.5 in the last two.
Ersan Ilyasova's 11.7 points off the pine are a close second, while Luke Ridnour has added 8.3. Dan Gadzuric is off to a strong postseason start, pulling in
5.3 rebounds per game.
POSTSEASON'S GREETINGS - In addition to Brandon Jennings, a pair of second-year Bucks are having success in their first career postseasons. Luc
Richard Mbah a Moute has said hello to the playoffs by starting all three contests and averaging 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds on 65.0 percent shooting (13-
20). Meanwhile, Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 11.7 points per game in the series and is one of only two Bucks to score double-figures in all three games thus
far (Salmons is the other). Ilyasova is also grabbing 8.7 rebounds per tilt, tied for the team lead, in his first postseason.
IMPRESSIVE IMPROVEMENTS - The Bucks made the largest improvement in the East this season and third-best 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.
- Congratulations to Bucks General Manager John Hammond, who was named the NBA Executive of the Year on
Saturday. Hammond is the first Bucks GM to earn the award.
- The Bucks 28-37 (.431) overall in the Eastern Conference First Round with a home record of 19-12 (.613).
- Primoz Brezec played in his first career playoff game on 4/20 after 342 regular season games played without
appearing in the postseason. On Saturday, he scored a career playoff-high four points.
- The Bucks improved to .500 in Game Threes as they are now 21-21 all-time. The Bucks now look to reach
.500 in Game Four, coming in with an 18-19 all-time mark.
- The Bucks have been all over the offensive glass in the postseason and are second in the NBA with 13.3
boards per game (trailing only Atlanta). They have limited the Hawks to 26.7 defensive boards, tied for the
fewest in the league.
- The Bucks evened the all-time playoff series against the Hawks at nine apiece and are now 7-1 (.875) all-time
at home in the postseason against Atlanta.
- Dan Gadzuric secured 10 rebounds on Saturday, setting a new playoff career-high.
- The Bucks earned a sellout in their first playoff game, giving them a total of six on the season. In all, 638,170
fans have turned out to watch the Bucks in 42 games this year.
- Milwaukee holds a 59-36 (19.7-12.0) advantage on second chance points over Atlanta, winning the category
in all three games.
- The Bucks, who set a franchise record with 645 three-pointers made this season, hit 10 triples on Saturday.
- Atlanta was held to 89 points on Saturday, the 29th time the Bucks have held an opponent to under 90 points.