GAMEDAY: Milwaukee at Charlotte - 3/23/12



Bucks at Bobcats
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TV COMPANION RECAP

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The Davis Dish - Bucks vs Celtics Recap
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IDES OF MIKE – There's no need for Milwaukee to beware of March. The month has seen the Bucks post a 7-4 record so far, and the team's points per game average has gone up to 105.8 – over nine points higher than the 96.2 average of December through February. One major reason for that is the scoring off the bench from Mike Dunleavy. He has had eight double-figure scoring games this month, seven of them in a row. Milwaukee is 2-9 in games without Dunleavy's contributions this season, and 19-15 with them.

THE SECRET – Milwaukee has gone 7-2 in its last nine games, establishing a season-long winning streak of six games in the process. Over that span, the Bucks are averaging 108.0 ppg, 30.0 apg and 8.0 3FGM/game. The Bucks may have figured out the secret trends to winning through their recent success:


100: Milwaukee is posting a tidy 17-4 record when cracking the century mark. The Bucks have tallied 100+ points in seven of the last eight games, going 6-2 in that span, after doing so just once in the previous 12 games (3-9 over that stretch).

30: The Bucks have handed out 30 assists in four of the last five games. Milwaukee is 8-0 when topping 30 assists in a game.

10: Milwaukee is 9-0 this season when tallying 10+ treys, including Tuesday's win at Portland in which the Bucks went 11-of-21 from long distance. The Bucks have recorded 10+ 3FGM in four of the last nine games.

ERSANITY!
– While Linsanity was taking the Big Apple by storm, Ersan Ilyasova produced a historic night of his own just across the Hudson. Ilyasova erupted for career highs of 29 points and 25 rebounds in Milwaukee's win at New Jersey on 2/19, becoming the first Bucks player in over 30 years to tally 25+ points and rebounds in a single game. Ilyasova becomes just the third member of the 25/25 club in Bucks history, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Swen Nater.

CUM LAUDE – In back-to-back weeks, two Bucks players were named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Ersan Ilyasova received the honor for games played March 5-11, and Drew Gooden for the week of March 12-18. It marked the first time two Bucks players have been awarded Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks since Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, 2006, when Mo Williams and Michael Redd each won.
  • Ekpe Udoh grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds vs. the Celtics on Thursday.

  • Ersan Ilyasova recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds against Boston. He has the most double-doubles of anyone on the Bucks roster.

  • Monta Ellis finished with a team-high seven assists vs. the Celtics. He's averaging 6.7 apg over his three starts for Milwaukee.

  • After losing to the Celtics, the Bucks (21-25) now sit a full game behind New York (23-24) for the eighth seed and trail Boston (25-21) by four games for the seventh seed.

  • The loss on Thursday night also halted Milwaukee's winning streak at six and 100+ points per game streak at seven. The Bucks six-game run was the team's longest since recording two six-game streaks late in the 2009- 10 season (Feb. 19-27 and Mar. 3-14). The streak of triple digit games was Milwaukee's longest since the 2006-07 season.

  • The Bucks have climbed to 9th in the NBA in points per game with 97.8, 3rd in assists per game with 23.04, and 1st in free throw percentage with .795.
Jennings
Ellis
Delfino
Ilyasova
Gooden
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Augustin
Henderson

Williams

Thomas
Biyombo
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com


Player Injury
Status
Kwame Brown Torn pectoral muscle
Out
Player Injury
Status
Derrick Brown Left knee tendinitis
Day-to-Day
DeSagana Diop Sore right hamstring
Day-to-Day
Corey Maggette Lower back bruise
Day-to-Day
Eduardo Najera Right knee inflamation
Day-to-Day
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