GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs Boston - 04/10/10

Bucks vs Celtics
Bradley Center
7:30pm
TV Companion
TV: FS Wisconsin | Radio: WTMJ Radio 620
90
105
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
18
22
25
25
90
15
26
27
37
105
TV Companion Recap Full Stats Play-by-play Recap


Head Coach Scott Skiles

(On tonight's game...)
"With about four minutes to go in the second quarter, they started getting really physical with us--setting screens, getting to the basket and rebounding positions--and we didn't respond really well to that. They took a little momentum there. We tried going totally small to see if we could get something going. It seemed like we did for a few minutes, but we just weren't able to sustain it."

(On the intensity of the game...)
"Just because there might be some technicals and I get tossed out of a game doesn't necessarily mean there was a lot of intensity. Having said that, there was (a lot of intensity) in pockets of the game for sure. I felt like we didn't play very well, but we played pretty hard. We can't give up 64 points in a half like we did in the second half and allow them to shoot such a good percentage and expect to win that type of game."

(On Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo...)
"He (Pierce) was doing what he does. He takes a couple dribbles, uses his body a little bit, rises up and shoots. We didn't have a whole lot of answers for that. He didn't have a great stat line, but (Rajon) Rondo has owned us in these games so far. He just goes wherever he wants to go. We have to do a much better job of getting him out of the paint. He causes the defense to collapse, opens things up for everybody else. We really struggled to contain him."

Forward Jerry Stackhouse

(On tonight's game...)
"We had some opportunities, but we just didn't take advantage of some of them. We were fatigued a little bit coming in on the back-to-back, but they played last night too. Everybody's at the same point in the season. We just have to try to muster up the energy it takes to win."

(On the physical play in the fourth quarter...)
"It's physical basketball. You'll see a lot more of that as the season goes on. At this stage, things are getting a little more intense right now, so you're going to have some moments like that. Hopefully we can stay away from fouls and technicals that cost us points."

Guard Brandon Jennings

(On the game...)
"They didn't have KG, we didn't have (Andrew) Bogut. It was kind of a little awkward game, but we still have to play. We still have to go down to Boston in our last game and try to get a win and get ready for the playoffs."

(On Rajon Rondo...)
"A lot of people talk about his shooting, how he can't shoot, but he can also do a lot of damage. He can get to the rim, he can make plays for other people. He's just so aggressive."





GET YOUR BUCKS IN A ROW - Milwaukee has won four straight games, the team's eighth winning streak of three or more this season and their fourth time winning at least four in-a-row. The last time the Bucks had eight win streaks of three or more came in 2000-01, when they finished with nine. They last won four or more straight four times in a season in 2001-02. The Bucks longest win streak has been six straight, from Feb. 19-27 and Mar. 3-14.

JOHN DEER -Since John Salmons became a Buck (or a deer), Milwaukee has gone 21-6 (.778). Over that span, Salmons is averaging a team-high 19.8 points to go with 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals, leading or tied for the team lead in scoring in 14 of those games and scoring double-figures in 24 of the 27. He is shooting 46.8 (191-408) percent as a Buck, including 39.0 percent (41-105) from downtown.

WINNING WAYS - The Bucks recorded their 45th win of the season last night, their most wins since going 52-30 in the 2000-01 season. Their 45-34 mark represents the first time they have been 11 games over .500 since January 29, 2002 when they boasted a 27-16 record. Milwaukee also earned its 17th road win of the year last night, winning 17 away from home for the first time since 2002-03 (17-24). The Bucks have improved on last year's win total by 11 games (34-48 last year) and have shown a 19 game improvement on a 26-56 record in 2007-08.

THREE HISTORY - The Bucks hit ten three-pointers last night, adding to their newly minted franchise record for three-pointers in a season with 616 (sixth most in the NBA). Brandon Jennings' Bucks rookie record 138 threepointers rank second among rookies and 16th in the NBA. Jennings and Carlos Delfino (128) have combined for 266 triples, the most by a Bucks duo since Michael Redd (163) and Bobby Simmons (105) hit 268 in 2005-06.

CALLING ON KURT - After the injury to Andrew Bogut, the Bucks have called on 14-year NBA veteran Kurt Thomas--and he's answered the call in a big way. In his three starts at center, Thomas is averaging 6.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. Thomas has set a season-high in each of his last three starts, grabbing 14 boards against Chicago on 4/6, scoring 12 points versus New Jersey on 4/7 and dishing out four assists last night in Philadelphia. Thomas also tied a season-best with three blocks last night. The Bucks have won all three of the games that Thomas has started at center and are 5-0 in the last four games that he's logged 25 or more minutes (6-2 this season). Though Bogut's streak of 39 straight games with a block ended against Phoenix on 4/3, Kurt Thomas swatted two shots against the Suns and has a four-game block streak of his own.

CARLOS EN FUEGO - Carlos Delfino was Carlos En Fuego last night, starting hot by scoring 13 of the Bucks 24 first quarter points. Delfino led all scorers with 23 points, the eighth time this season the Argentine has scored 20-plus. Delfino also hit at least five three-pointers in a game for the third time this year. On the season, Delfino's 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game all represent career-high watermarks.

  • Milwaukee has clinched its 26th playoff berth in franchise history and first since the 2005-06 season.

  • The Bucks are now 12-4 against the Atlantic Division this season, their first time winning 12 games against the division since going 12-6 in 2005-06. They have also won 30 games (30-19) against the Eastern Conference for the first time since posting a 33-21 mark in 2003-04 and their 21 wins (21-7) since the All- Star break are their most post-break since winning 23 of 35 in 2000-01.

  • Tonight's game closes the Bucks fourth straight back-to-back set and their final back-to-back of the season (22nd of the year). The Bucks finished 13-9 in game one of these sets and are an even better 14-7 on no rest, giving them a total record of 27-16 when playing in consecutive games.

  • The Bucks earned their second wire-to-wire victory (no ties or lead changes) of the season last night, with both coming this week (the other accomplished on April 3 against Phoenix).

  • Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds in his last seven, shooting 50.0 percent (37-74).

  • Luke Ridnour has scored double figures in nine of his last 12 games, averaging 11.5 points and a teamleading 4.5 assists. He is shooting 51.0 percent (53-104) during that stretch.

  • Jerry Stackhouse (2,994) is six rebounds away from his 3,000th career board. John Salmons is two games away (598) from playing in his 600th career game.

  • The Bucks are allowing just 95.8 points per game, which would set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a full season (currently 96.9 points in 2000-01).
Jennings
Salmons
Delfino
Mbah a Moute
Thomas
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Rondo
Allen
Pierce
Garnett
Perkins

Player Injury
Status
Andrew Bogut Right elbow, wrist, hand
Out
Michael Redd Torn ACL & MCL
Out
Player Injury
Status
None