PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs Atlanta - Game 6 - 4/30/10

Bucks vs Atlanta
Bradley Center
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TV: ESPN & FS WI | Radio: WTMJ Radio 620
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Head Coach Scott Skiles
(On the Bucks performance ...)
"Even though we had a three-point lead at halftime, we were out of sorts from the opening tip. We weren't as aggressive as we have been, we were just standing around watching each other a little too much. (We) couldn't complain at halftime. Our overall defense was OK-- obviously we had a three-point lead. We just had open guys once again who had tunnel vision going on and we couldn't get out of it. We were a little panicky out there tonight. They outplayed us. They deserved to win the game, so I don't want to take anything away from them. We really didn't see people like we do when we're playing well, and they confused us quite a bit out there tonight."

(On the play of Brandon Jennings in the first quarter ...)
"We thought he was feeling it a little bit early in the game. He played eight minutes then we took him out, tried to hope he could rest and shake it off a little bit, but this is his first time going through this. This is the biggest game he's ever played in."

(On the second half...)
"We came out and scored the first basket. We were up five. We were concerned, as the staff, at halftime, just because when you're around each other, you see looks on faces and see what's going on in the game, and guys weren't comfortable out there. They weren't relaxed and comfortable and just playing basketball and communicating with each other like we do when we're good. We just had some blank stares going on out there."

Center Kurt Thomas

(On Atlanta's offense in the third quarter ...)
"You don't expect any team to shoot like that in one quarter. You have to give the Hawks credit. They played extremely well, especially in the third quarter. They shot the ball well. They only shot 38 percent for the game, but during the third quarter, they were on fire."

(On the third quarter ...)
"They hit shots and we didn't. In the third quarter, we definitely could've had better shot selection. We could've been a little more aggressive at times. We'll break the films down, realize the mistakes that we made, make those corrections and then come out on Sunday and play better."

Forward Jerry Stackhouse
(On going to Atlanta for game seven...)
"We have to stick together. There's going to be a lot of intensity. They feel like the ball is back in their court, but they thought the ball was back in their court in Game 5. You have to embrace it, you have to love it. There was nothing promised to ever get back into a game seven. I've been in this situation before. There isn't anything sweeter than that--to go in and win a game seven in another team's building. We have a chance to do something special, but we just can't get lost in the moment and know that it's going to be a hard game. We need to come with more than we had in any game in this series to try and win it."

RELIABLE ROOK - For the 87th time this year, the Bucks relied on Brandon Jennings in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Jennings is one of two Bucks to play in all 87 total games (regular and postseason) this year along with fellow point guard Luke Ridnour. On Wednesday, Jennings equaled Andrew Bogut's 87 games (82 regular, five postseason) played as a rookie in 2005-06 and tonight's tilt would give him the most games played as a rookie for the Bucks since Paul Pressey appeared in 88 games (79 regular, nine postseason) in 1982-83. Jennings is the only Bucks player in the last 40 years to start all 82 games as a rookie (our start records only date back to '70-71). The rookie point guard leads the Bucks in scoring in his debut playoff series, leading all rookies with 20.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting (39-87). Jennings also leads all rookies in assists (3.8), is second in steals (1.2) and tied for third in blocks (0.8). His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.71:1 (19:7) ranks him 13th in the NBA playoffs. Jennings played a career postseason-high 43 minutes in Wednesday's win.

A BRANCH OFF THE COSTELLO COACHING TREE - The Bucks are more than happy to see Hubie Brown on the sidelines tonight calling the game for ESPN, as they've had success in the past with the two-time Coach of the Year roaming the sidelines. Brown served as an assistant coach under Larry Costello with the Bucks for two seasons, 1972-73 and 73-74. In that time, the Bucks went 6-2 against Atlanta, including 4-0 at home against the Hawks. Milwaukee also compiled a 13-9 postseason mark in those two seasons and won the Western Conference in 1974. Brown, though, also had success coaching Atlanta from 1976-77 to 1980-81, winning one of his Coach of the Year awards with the Hawks. He had a 6-10 record in the playoffs as the head coach of Atlanta.

RUNNING AWAY WITH ONE - On Wednesday, the Bucks trailed by nine points with just over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter before scoring 14 straight points to beat the Hawks 91-87 in Atlanta. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the first time that a road team has won a playoff game by scoring 14 or more consecutive points in the fourth quarter or overtime after trailing at the beginning of the run since the Mavericks scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win in Houston in 2005.

FEAR THE DEER - The Bucks have put fear into the Hawks after taking the last three games in Milwaukee, winning three consecutive playoff games in the same playoff series for the first time since sweeping New Jersey 3-0 in 1986. The Bucks last won three games in a series in the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals (lost 4-3). They won three consecutive playoff games that year by winning the clinching Game Four against Orlando and then rattling off two in-a-row over Orlando in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Tonight is the Bucks first Game Six since May 1, 2003, when New Jersey edged the Bucks in Milwaukee. The Bucks have an all-time record of 7-6 in Game Six. This is the club's 26th playoff berth in franchise history, and first since the 2005-06 season, and the Bucks are 104-112 (.481) all-time in postseason play.

SMOKING SALMONS - John Salmons continues his smoking hot play during the 2010 playoffs with steady points performances, ranging from 16-22 points in all five games. The Bucks shooting guard is second on the team with 20.0 points to go with a team-best 4.2 assists with 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Salmons' six steals in Game One remain an NBA postseason-high. He has hit 23-24 (.958) free throw attempts, missing his last one after sinking 23 straight.

MORE THAN FINE OFF THE PINE - The Bucks reserves deserve some praise for their recent play as they are outscoring the Hawks 168-108 (33.6-21.6) through five games, beating Atlanta's reserves in four of the five contests. The Bucks are led by Ersan Ilyasova's 10.6 points off the pine, while Luke Ridnour has chipped in 9.2 points and Jerry Stackhouse has added 8.8. Ridnour set a career postseason-high with four steals on Wednesday.

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.

  • Happy belated birthday to Bucks assistant coach Jim Boylan, who celebrated his birthday on Thursday.

  • The Bucks are 30-37 (.448) overall in the Eastern Conference First Round with a 20-12 (.625) home record in those games. All-time, the Bucks are 60-40 (.600) at home in the playoffs.

  • The Bucks improved to 15-14 (.517) all-time in Game Five with a win Wednesday.

  • On Wednesday, the Bucks snapped a six-game road playoff losing streak and a six-game Game Five losing streak (last Game Five win came against Atlanta on May 7, 1989). The Bucks also snapped Atlanta's 14-game home winning streak, which began with a 106-102 overtime win over Milwaukee on February 28.

  • The Bucks backcourt of John Salmons and Brandon Jennings has scored 204 of the team's 487 points, good for 41.9 percent of the Bucks total points in the series.

  • The Bucks are 8-1 (.889) all-time at home in the playoffs against Atlanta.

  • The Bucks earned sellouts in all three of their home playoff games, giving them eight total this season. Including tonight, 675,604 fans have turned out to watch the Bucks in 44 home games this year.
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Michael Redd Torn ACL & MCL
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