PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs Atlanta - Game 4 - 4/26/10

Bucks vs Atlanta
Bradley Center
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TV: NBA TV & FS WI | Radio: WTMJ Radio 620
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Head Coach Scott Skiles

(On the team play ââ'¬¦)
"Thatââ'¬â"¢s pretty much our formula, we need everybody to play as well that we can get. Weââ'¬â"¢ve been getting good minutes out of Danny (Gadzuric), (Jerry) Stackhouse, of course Ersan (Ilyasova) has been good, (Luke) Ridnour, our bench in general has been very good as we said before the game. Weââ'¬â"¢re not afraid at all to leave them out there during critical minutes."Ã'

(On Carlos Delfino and Brandon JenningsÃ' ââ'¬¦)
"Weââ'¬â"¢re beyond happy for (Carlos Delfino) because heââ'¬â"¢s had trouble finding the bottom of the basket a little bit, but he was loose tonight. We found him, he was able to knock them down and get us off to a good offensive start. Brandon (Jennings) was good again. Heââ'¬â"¢s in his first playoff series and heââ'¬â"¢s not turning the ball over and heââ'¬â"¢s made some big plays. Thereââ'¬â"¢s a lot of things going on out there that heââ'¬â"¢s still feeling his way through a little bit but all-in-all heââ'¬â"¢s played very well."

(On finishing the game ââ'¬¦)
"We did a nice job, we have to be a little more careful, we got back to holding the ball and we did tonight again and we were able to get a win with it. But we also drive the ball aggressively and get to the line so those are split second decisions that are sometimes difficult to make, especially against a team (like Atlanta)."

Guard John Salmons

Ã'(On the playoff atmosphere ââ'¬¦)
"Itââ'¬â"¢s pretty physical, especially down the stretch. But thatââ'¬â"¢s the kind of energy youââ'¬â"¢ve got to expect in the playoffs. We got the two wins but we still have two more games to go. We definitely have to stay focused and not get too hot and just stay the course."

(On importance of tonightââ'¬â"¢s game ââ'¬¦)
"We knew we couldnââ'¬â"¢t go back to Atlanta down 3-1. We took care of our home court. We know itââ'¬â"¢s going to be tough in Atlanta and we just have to stay focused, watch film, stick with it, and continue to believe in each other."

Center Dan Gadzuric
(On going back to play in Atlanta ââ'¬¦)
"Theyââ'¬â"¢re going to have theyââ'¬â"¢re fans ready so we have to stay mature. Itââ'¬â"¢s going to be loud so we definitely have to be ready tomorrow to go over the game plan and study."

(On the Bucks ââ'¬¦)
"I love playing and getting the opportunities and Iââ'¬â"¢m trying to make the most of it. My teammates are very embracing and everybody is pushing each other and supporting each other and thatââ'¬â"¢s the best feeling. We have a great team so we just have to keep going."

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.

- 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.
Mbah a Moute

Player Injury
Andrew Bogut Right elbow, wrist, hand
Michael Redd Torn ACL & MCL
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