YEAR OF THE REBOUND - Since the beginning of 2011, the Bucks have gone 8-5 when outrebounding their
opponents. In those games, the Bucks have had a +5.3 advantage (44.0-38.7, 573-503) on the boards. Andrew
Bogut has led the Bucks with 11.5 boards per game in those 13, while Ersan Ilyasova has recorded 8.5 and Luc
Richard Mbah a Moute has pulled down 6.2. From October-December of 2010, the Bucks were 9-10 when
recording an equal or greater number of rebounds than their foes.
BAD DAYS (FOR BUCKS OPPONENTS) - The Bucks are fourth in the league in points allowed (92.9) and ninth in
opponents shooting percentage (44.8). The Bucks have held 38 foes under 100 points (tied with Miami, Dallas and
Orlando for first in the NBA) and 16 opponents have been held to 89 points or less. The Bucks have held 12
opponents to a shooting percentage of less than 40.0 percent (tied for fourth in the league) and have gone 7-5 in
those contests. In all of 2009-10, Milwaukee held 47 foes under 100, 28 under 90, and 19 under 40.0 percent
shooting. Their points allowed last season was 96.0 (seventh) and opponents' field goal percentage 45.1 (10th).
NEARING NUMBERS - A few notable milestones are on the horizon for the Bucks. Andrew Bogut (3,471) is 29 rebounds away from 3,500 and (571) 16
blocks away from passing Ervin Johnson for third in team history in blocks. Ersan Ilyasova (198) is two games away from 200. Brandon Jennings (196) is four
3-pointers away from 200 and 36 3-pointers away from passing Toni Kukoc and Lee Mayberry (231) for 10th place in franchise history. Corey Maggette
(4,326) is three free throws away from passing Richie Guerin (4,328) for 46th in NBA history. John Salmons (492) needs eight 3-pointers for 500.
BOGUT'S BLOCK PARTY - Andrew Bogut has seven games with five or more blocks this season, which tops the NBA. The Bucks have gone 5-2 in those
seven contests and recorded an 8.6 - 5.0 block advantage and a 47.6 - 39.9 rebounding advantage over their opponents. Bogut had four blocks on
Wednesday, which extended his streak to 22 games with at least one blocked shot, which ties for the fourth-longest streak of its kind this season. Bogut
leads the league with 2.9 blocks per game.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS - The Bucks have been taking good care of the ball lately, as they currently rank fifth in the league with just 13.5 turnovers per
game. Their opponents are averaging 5.98 steals per game, which is the fewest in the league. The Bucks have held their opponents to five or fewer steals in
four of the past seven contests and in 22 games this season. Those 22 games tie New Orleans for the most opponents recording five or fewer steals. The
Bucks are +3.5 in steals (8.3-4.9, 58-34) and -2.1 in turnovers (12.9-15.0, 90-105) over the last seven and are +3.5 in points off turnovers (16.6-13.1,
116-92) in that stretch. Carlos Delfino (1.6), Brandon Jennings (1.3) and Keyon Dooling (1.3) have topped the club in steals in that span.
- Way, Hey, Away We Go: Friday's game in Memphis wraps up a short two-game road trip and is the Bucks final
road game before All-Star break. The Bucks host a home game every other day (Saturday, Monday,
Wednesday) prior to the break.
- Young Turk: Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points and nine rebounds on Wednesday at Washington. He was a perfect
2-2 from 3-point range. Over the last five, Ilysaova is third on the team with 12.0 points per game and leads
the team with 9.6 rebounds per game.
- On Wednesday, Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 20 points, marking his first 20-point effort since
returning to the lineup on Jan. 29. Prior to his left foot injury, Jennings had nine games of 20+ points.
- Like a Rock: Corey Maggette has scored in double digits in the past nine games and in 14 of the past 15. Over
those games (14 of which he started in), he leads the Bucks with 17.7 points on 50.8 percent (95-187) from
the field. In addition to his scoring, Maggette has added 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in that stretch.
- John Salmons returned to the starting lineup Tuesday after coming off the bench in the previous three. Prior to
those games, Salmons missed eight contests due to right hip soreness. Since returning from injury, Salmons
is averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24.4 minutes per game.
- It's like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife: It is not all that ironic that the Bucks are 14-5 when
shooting 45.0 percent or better (6-0 when shooting over 50.0 percent) and 13-11 when holding their
opponents under 44.9 percent from the field.