IDES OF MIKE – There was no need for Milwaukee to beware of March. The month saw the Bucks post a 10-7
record (the first month since December that Milwaukee has posted a winning record), and the team's points per
game average went up to 104.9 – over eight points higher than the 96.2 average of December through February.
One major reason for that was the scoring off the bench from Mike Dunleavy. He had 13 double-figure scoring
games in March, including eight in a row from 3/9-23. Dunleavy hit at least two three-pointers in a season-best
five consecutive games (and in eight of his last 10 overall) and has made at least 50 percent of his attempts from
behind the arc in each of the last 10 games, shooting 26-of-41 (.634) from three over that span. Milwaukee is 2-9
in the games Dunleavy has missed this season.
TURNOVER TREAT – The Bucks rank 4th in the NBA in opponent turnovers per game with 16.06. They forced the Grizzlies into 17 total turnovers on
Saturday night, and have had 30 games with 15+ opponent turnovers this season. Only New York (37), Memphis (35) and Miami (33) have had more.
THE +/- KING – Ekpe Udoh isn't known as a stat stuffer, but his impact on the game in undeniable. In his nine games in a Bucks uniform, Udoh has already
risen to the team lead in +/- on a per minute basis, grading in at a +8.9 per 48 minutes. He's also had four games of a +10 or better already. See the chart
on page 7 for more details.
MOUTE KICKS BOUTE – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute sat out four of five games from March 5-12 with pain in his knee, but it's the opposition that's been
feeling the pain ever since. In the 10 games since he's returned to the lineup (four starts), Mbah a Moute has averaged 10.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per
game, including his first two double-doubles of the season (including a career-high 22 points and season-high 17 rebounds in a win at Golden State on
March 16). He's also shooting 45-of-68 (.662) from the field over that span.
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.
- Milwaukee swiped 12 steals against Memphis, the third time in the last four games the Bucks have had 10+
thefts and the 19th time this season (10-9 in those games).
- Several Bucks players had significant performances Saturday night vs. the Grizzlies:
Ersan Ilyasova finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds, his team-leading 14th double-double of the
season. Ilyasova now has six games this season with 20 points and 10 rebounds after tallying four
such games over his first three seasons combined.
Brandon Jennings recorded his 24th game this season with 20+ points. With 14 games remaining,
Jennings has already surpassed his previous high for 20-point games in a season (22 last season).
Drew Gooden had a season-high five steals (previously three).
- The Bucks held the Grizzlies to a new opponent low in quarter scoring this season, as Memphis scored only 11
points in the opening frame on 5-of-21 shooting (.238).
- Milwaukee has averaged 110.5 points per game against the Wizards this year. The Bucks have already scored
100+ points 25 times this season, going 20-5 in those games. The Bucks cracked the century mark 21 times
all of last season.
- The Bucks rank 7th in the NBA in points per game with 98.4 and 3rd in assists per game with 23.46. They
ranked 30th in both of those categories last season.