DAUNTING DECEMBER - We're not quite there yet but the Bucks December schedule is tough to say the least. Of
the team's 13 games in the month, 11 of those games will feature opponents that have records of .500 or better
and those 13 opponents combine for a 128-83 record (.607). If you take out Houston (5-11) and Sacramento (4-
11), the combined record is 119-61 (.661). Including tonight's game against Utah, the Bucks play five-straight
games (@ Utah, @ Denver, vs. Orlando, vs. Miami and vs. Indiana) against opponents who are currently .500 or
better. Those five opponents currently combine for a 52-30 record (.634). After the Bucks play Houston, the team
then has another tough five-game stretch, at Dallas (12-4), at San Antonio (14-2), vs. Utah (13-5) again, at Portland
(8-8) and at the Lakers (13-4), who have a 60-23 (.723) record combined. Despite the tough schedule, the Bucks
have fared better against teams at or above .500 so far this year (4-5) compared to teams below .500 on the day
of the game (2-4).
THE LARRY AND BRANDON SHOW - With Andrew Bogut missing the last three games, Bucks rookie Larry Sanders
has stepped up. He made his first start Saturday at Charlotte and had a season-high 10 points (4-6 from the field)
in 24:43. Over the last three games, Sanders is averaging 8.7 points on 52.2 percent from the field, 6.7 rebounds
and 1.7 blocks in 26.2 minutes per game. Point guard Brandon Jennings has been scoring in bunches for the
Bucks, averaging 21.3 points over the last six games, which includes two 30-plus point outings. Jennings is
averaging a team-best 17.8 points per game and has scored in double figures in 14 of the Bucks 16 games.
NEARING NUMBERS - A few personal milestones are on the way for Bucks players. Ersan Ilyasova needs four 3-pointers (currently at 146) to reach 150.
Earl Boykins (599) is one game away from 600. Andrew Bogut (482) is 14 blocks away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (495) for fourth in franchise
history. Carlos Delfino (249) is one steal away from 250 for his career and (346) needs four threes to reach 350. Drew Gooden (445) is five steals away from
450 and (394) six blocks away from 400. John Salmons had seven assists on Saturday to surpass 1,500 for his career (1,502). The Bucks franchise (1,796)
is four wins from 1,800. That's 14th among active franchises, but their .524 winning percentage (1,796-1,632) is eighth among active franchises. Only
Phoenix (1,922 wins) has been in the NBA as long as the Bucks among teams ahead of Milwaukee in wins. All other franchises joined the league before
- The Bucks snapped a five-game losing streak Saturday night with a 104-101 win at home against Charlotte.
Six Bucks finished in double-figures, including all five starters. The starting lineup included Luc Mbah a Moute
(12 points), Ersan Ilyasova (first start, 17 points), Larry Sanders (first start, 10 points), John Salmons (16
points) and Brandon Jennings (32 points). It was the first time this season that the Bucks had all five starters
- Saturday's game against Charlotte broke a streak of eight-straight games in which the Bucks had outrebounded
their opponent. Milwaukee had a season-low 32 rebounds against Charlotte.
- Milwaukee continues to lead the league in rebound percentage, collecting 53.4 percent of the rebounds that
are available in a game. The Bucks have a 78.6 defensive rebounding percentage, which is also tops in the
NBA and their 43.9 boards per game ranks fifth in the league.
- After missing 15 games with a right eye injury, guard Chris Douglas-Roberts made his Bucks debut Saturday
night, scoring 11 points on 4-6 shooting in 19:44. With Douglas-Roberts making his Bucks debut Saturday
night, the franchise has now had 320 players appear in a regular season game in the franchise's history.
- The Bucks allow the fewest points in the paint each game at 34.1 per game. Milwaukee is allowing the fourthfewest
second-chance points at 11.1.
- In each of the Bucks six wins so far this season, they have had one player with at least 15 points, five
rebounds and five assists. Brandon Jennings has four of those games while John Salmons and Ersan Ilyasova
each have one. Ilyasova had 17 points, nine rebounds and tied a career-high six assists vs. Charlotte.