IN LIKE A LION, OUT LIKE A BUCK - The Bucks roared into the month of March (much like a lion) but did not go
out like a lamb, posting an 11-4 record in the month. The 11 wins marks the first time they have won 11 games in
a month since an 11-6 December in 2006. The team has won double-digit games in March for the first time since
2000-01, when they were 11-5 in the third month of the calendar year. The Bucks had a 10-4 record in February
and if they post a winning month in April, it will be the first time the team had three-straight winning months to end
the regular season since 2000-01 (8-4 February, 11-5 March, 6-4 April).
RIDNOUR POWER - Luke Ridnour is becoming a big power surge off the bench for the Bucks and has scored
double figures in six of his last seven games, averaging 11.9 points, a team-leading 5.4 assists and 1.0 steals in
those seven and shooting 50.8 percent (33-65), including 40.0 (8-20) from three-point range. Ridnour registered
his third double-double of the season last night against Cleveland with 11 points and 11 assists off the bench.
THREE HISTORY - Brandon Jennings Bucks rookie record 132 three-pointers rank second among rookies and is
tied for 15th in the NBA and have the Bucks in good position to set a franchise mark for three-pointers in a season.
Milwaukee has currently hit 579 shots from behind the arc, 14 away from the club record of 593. Their 579 made
threes rank them fourth in the NBA.
BUILDING BLOCKS - Andrew Bogut (443) passed Marques Johnson (441) last night for sixth place on the Bucks career blocks list. Bogut, who began the
season outside of the top 10 in career blocks, has already passed Glenn Robinson (351), Paul Pressey (372), Dan Gadzuric (414) and Vin Baker (429) along
with Johnson. The Aussie is second in the NBA in blocks with an average of 2.5 per game and has blocked a shot in his last 37 games. Bogut's 168 blocks
this season are now the most by a Bucks player since Alton Lister had 177 in 1982-83 and give him the sixth highest single-season block total in Bucks
history (see stat box on page 1). The Bucks are 14-3 when their center swats four or more attempts in a game. Additionally, the Bucks are 23-7 when the
Aussie scores 17 or more; 16-3 when Bogut scores 20 or more points; and 13-1 when he scores at least 20 points with 10 or more rebounds.
SALMONS RUN - Since acquiring John Salmons at the trade deadline, the Bucks have gone on a 17-5 (.772) run, including 7-3 on the road. Salmons is
averaging a team-high 19.9 points to go with 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals in his 22 games as a Buck, leading or tied for the team lead in scoring
in 11 of those games and scoring double-figures in 20 of them. Salmons has also tallied 11 games with 20 points or more.
- The Bucks need one more win to guarantee them their first winning season since posting a 42-40 record in
the 2002-03 season. The Bucks, who have the fifth-most wins of any NBA franchise since their inception in
1968-69, have now finished at .500 or above 25 times in their history.
- The Bucks lost to Cleveland last night, but they received a positive contribution from the bench with 42 points
compared to 27 for Cleveland. Milwaukee's bench has outscored its opponent's bench 159-92 (39.8-23.0)
over the last four games.
- Kurt Thomas had a season-high 10 points last night on 5-of-6 shooting.
- Last night's loss snapped a streak of five-straight wins for the Bucks against opponents with better records
than them on the day of the game. (Cleveland 3/6, Boston 3/9, Utah 3/12, at Denver 3/20, Atlanta 3/22).
- Despite the loss last night, the Bucks magic number needed to qualify for the playoffs is still at three, meaning
that any combination of Bucks wins and Bulls losses totaling three will secure Milwaukee its first playoff berth
- The Bucks have won 17 of their last 22 (.773), and are 21-8 (.724) since February 1. Their .724 winning
percentage is third in the Eastern Conference to Cleveland (.808, 21-5) and Orlando (.769, 20-6) over that
time and sixth best in the NBA.
- Andrew Bogut and Dwight Howard are the only players in the NBA averaging 15.0 pts, 10.0 rebs and 2.0 blks.
- Carlos Delfino (493) is seven assists from 500 career dishes and four threes from a career-high in threepointers
(currently 120 with Toronto in 07-08). Jerry Stackhouse is one steal (849) from 850 for his career.