GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs New Orleans - 2/15/12



Bucks vs Hornets
Lead Changes: 9
Times Tied: 7

TV COMPANION RECAP

Attendance: 12,829
Duration: 2 hours and 2 minutes
12-17
6-23
89
92
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
28
17
20
24
89
27
23
22
20
92



THREE-POINT SHOT THROUGH THE HEART – Carlos Delfino has had the hot hand from behind the three-point line over the last four games, going 16-24 for a percentage of .667. He has hit five or more treys in two of the Bucks last four games, a feat he has accomplished 16 times previously in his career with Detroit, Toronto and now Milwaukee. His teams are 13-5 when he makes 5 or more three-pointers in a game. Delfino's recent shooting spree has also upped his season three-point field goal percentage to .407, good for 32nd place in the NBA rankings.

CAN'T BUY ME LOVE, BUT FREE THROWS ARE FREE – The Bucks rank among the league's best at the free throw line this season – 3rd in the NBA – shooting 78.8 percent as a team. Individually, six Bucks players are shooting 80 percent or better, including the player on the team with the most attempts this year: Drew Gooden: 83-97, 85.6%, 19th in NBA Stephen Jackson: 48-58, 82.8% Mike Dunleavy: 40-50, 80.0% Shaun Livingston: 35-41, 85.4% Luc Mbah a Moute: 30-36, 83.3% Jon Leuer: 17-21, 81.0% As a team, the Bucks have failed to shoot at least 70 percent from the line just once in the last 16 games.

ALWAYS GOT TO STEAL THE BALL FROM YOU – Milwaukee has consistently ranked among the best in the NBA this season for opponent turnovers per game, currently sitting at No. 8 with 16.07. After forcing their opponent to cough up the ball, the Bucks don't waste the possession, averaging 18 points per game off turnovers which is good for eighth in the NBA.

ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND BASKETBALL – Milwaukee ranks 6th in the NBA in offensive rebounds per game, grabbing an average of 12.11. New Orleans ranks 2nd in the NBA in opponent offensive rebounds per game, allowing only 9.93. When these two teams meet on Wednesday, something will have to give in the rebounding battle. Only time can tell which side will prevail on Wednesday night.

OK TO BE ON THE REBOUND – Ersan Ilyasova has been a rebounding machine in recent weeks, grabbing at least one offensive board in a career-best 18 straight games and posting 10+ rebounds in four of his last seven games. Those raw numbers are even more impressive when considering that Ersan has done it all in a reserve role and hasn't played more than 35 minutes in a game yet this season. Ersan already owns the top-two rebounding games by a reserve this season (and three of the top 10) and ranks second in the league in double-digit rebounding efforts by a reserve.

  • Carlos Delfino is shooting 16-for-24 (.667) from behind the arc over the last four games. He went 5-8 against Miami on 2/13, 4-5 on Saturday vs. Orlando and hit a season-high six treys on 2/8 at Toronto.

  • With his one blocked shot on Monday night, Drew Gooden extended his streak with one or more blocked shots in a game to seven games. That is the second-longest current streak in the NBA, behind Chris Kaman of the New Orleans Hornets (12) and tied with Al Jefferson (7).

  • Milwaukee has had 20 or more assists in 11 of the last 13 games.

  • The Bucks have grabbed at least 10 offensive rebounds in each of the last eight games. That number ties the team with Minnesota for the longest-running current streak.

  • Milwaukee's bench outscored Miami's 37-35 on Monday, making that the 21st game out of 28 that the Bucks reserves have out-performed their opponent's reserves.
Jennings
Livingston
Delfino
Mbah a Moute
Gooden
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Vasquez
Belinelli

Ariza

Ayon
Kaman
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com


Player Injury
Status
Andrew Bogut Left ankle fracture
Out
Player Injury
Status
Eric Gordon Right knee contusion
Out
Jarrett Jack Bruised left knee
Out
Chris Kaman Sprained left ankle
Questionable
Carl Landry MCL sprain
Out
Jason Smith Concussion
Out
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