PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Milwaukee at Atlanta - Game 1 - 04/17/10

Bucks at Atlanta
Phillips Arena
4:30pm
TV Companion
TV: ESPN and FS WI | Radio: WTMJ Radio 620
92
102
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
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23
30
22
92
34
28
19
21
102
TV Companion Recap Full Stats Play-by-play Recap


Jerry's Playoff Pix

Head Coach Scott Skiles: "They (Hawks) made some shots early in the first half and we didn't, which caused us to fall behind. I think we became a little passive and had a few turnovers. The first half we were a little shell shocked. I think in the second half we competed harder. We settled down a little bit. In the second half we played more like ourselves."

"Early in the game we were letting Josh (Smith) catch it were he wanted to. They threw it in to him he backed us down and scored. We didn't react really well, just standing around watching. He can score on almost anybody, especially smaller players. We've got some mismatches we know we have to deal with in this series. Joe Johnson is every bit of 6'8". If you play a guard on him, he's bigger then him. If you play a bigger player, he's going to go by him. So there are some things we have to deal with. But our reactions early in the game weren't up to our standards."

Brandon Jennings: "I feel like we have to come out with a little more intensity in the first quarter. I think we were a little nervous. We just have to come out with confidence, and we just have to play basketball."

"I just feel like without having Andrew Bogut, I had to go back to the way the way I was early in the season being more aggressive trying to score. That's the only way we'll have a chance to win. Me, John (Salmons) and a couple of other guys are going to have to try and take the scoring load for us."

(On the second half) "We got some stops, other guys started getting comfortable, and we started playing the way we normally play. We were sharing the ball and we were moving the ball well. Towards the end we just came up short."





PLAYOFFS? - The Bucks are talking about playoffs as they have clinched their 26th playoff berth in franchise history, their first since the 2005-06 season, and are one of four teams in this year's playoffs that did not qualify last year (along with Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Phoenix). The Bucks are 101-110 (.479) all-time in postseason play and their 38-68 (.358) playoff road record is the ninth best in the NBA.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY - The Bucks enter the 2010 Playoffs with the second-least amount of previous playoffs games played on their roster of any Eastern Conference team with 243, ahead of only Chicago's 225 (Atlanta is fifth with 359 games played). Kurt Thomas leads the young Bucks with 82 playoff games, followed by Jerry Stackhouse with 64. Without the two 15-year vets, the Bucks have just 97 total games between them with Carlos Delfino (29), Michael Redd (16), John Salmons (15), Luke Ridnour (11), Royal Ivey (6), Charlie Bell (5), Andrew Bogut (5), Dan Gadzuric (5) and Darnell Jackson (5) having previously played in the postseason. Center Primoz Brezec has played in 342 regular season games without appearing in the playoffs, the 14th most by any active player (Hawks sixth man Jamal Crawford leads the list with 676 regular season games played).

FIRST IMPRESSIONS - The winner of game one in a best-of-seven series has won 309 of 393 series (.786) in NBA history. The Bucks are 11-18 all-time in the first game of best-of-sevens, winning the series in nine of the 11 times that they've won game one and going 3-15 in the series in which they lost the opener. Milwaukee's last game one win in a best-of-seven came against Charlotte in the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals, when they went on to win the series 4-3. The Bucks have lost their last four series openers and gone on to lose those series.

IMPRESSIVE IMPROVEMENTS - The Bucks have made the largest improvement in the East this season and third-most in the NBA, winning 12 more games than they won last year (34-48 in 2008-09). From the 2007-08 season, the Bucks have improved on their 26-56 record by 20 games. Milwaukee's 46 wins are their most wins since going 52-30 in the 2000-01 season. The Bucks also won 30 games (31-21) against the Eastern Conference for the first time since posting a 33-21 mark in 2003-04 and their 22 wins (22-9) since the All-Star break are their most post-break since going 23-12 in 2000-01.

JOHNNY CASH - Guard John Salmons has been money all year for the Bucks, helping the team walk the line to the playoffs with a 22-8 (.733) record since arriving at the trade deadline. Salmons averaged a team-high 19.9 points to go with 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals in the regular season, leading or tied for the team lead in scoring in 16 of those games and scoring double-figures in 27 of the 30. He shot 46.7 percent (207-443) as a Buck, including 38.5 percent (45-117) from downtown.

LOOKOUT FOR LUKE
- Luke Ridnour has scored double figures in 11 of the last 15 games to end the regular season, averaging 11.3 points and a teamleading 4.6 assists over that time. He shot 50.4 percent (65-129) during that stretch. On the season, Ridnour hit 90.7 percent (127-140) of his free throw attempts, good for fifth in the NBA and tied for the third best season at the line in Bucks history (minimum of 120 makes). It's the first time a Buck has shot 90.0 percent or better from the charity stripe (minimum of 120 FTM) since Ray Allen knocked down 91.3 percent in the 2002-03 season.

THE STORY OF SIX - The Bucks have earned the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference for the second time since the 16-team playoffs were introduced in 1984. Their previous appearance in the six seed came in 2004, when they lost in the first round to Detroit, 4-1. Since 1984, the six seed is 87-144 (.377) against the third seed with a 15-37 (.288) series record. The last six seed to beat a three was last year, when the Dallas Mavericks beat the San Antonio Spurs in five games. The last time it happened in the Eastern Conference was in 2005, when the sixth-seeded Indiana Pacers defeated the third-seeded Boston Celtics 4-3. The Houston Rockets are the only six seed to have made it all the way to the NBA Finals, doing so twice (1981 and 1995) and winning it in 1995. The farthest an Eastern Conference six-seed has advanced has been the Chicago Bulls in 1989, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.

  • The Bucks are 9-23 in Eastern Conference First Round road games and 27-35 overall in the first round. Milwaukee is 3-19 in series when they are without home-court advantage.

  • The Bucks 2006 playoff team became the first team in NBA history to qualify for the playoffs with four new regular starters from the previous season. Again this year, four of their five probable starters were not with the team in the previous season, with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute the only exception (started 52 games last year).

  • In the last six games, Kurt Thomas has averaged 5.3 points and 9.7 rebounds starting in place of the injured Andrew Bogut. The Bucks are 4-2 in those games.

  • The Bucks set a franchise record with 645 three-pointers made this season, passing the previous mark of 593 set in 2001-02. Brandon Jennings' Bucks rookie record 145 three-pointers and Carlos Delfino's career-high 134 threes combined for 279 total triples, the most by a Bucks duo since Michael Redd (182) and Ray Allen (123) hit 305 in 2002-03.

  • Jerry Stackhouse averaged 14.0 points in the last three games to close out the season.
    Stackhouse grabbed his 3,000th career rebound in the regular season finale on Wednesday.

  • The Bucks allowed just 96.0 points per game, which set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a full season (previously 96.9 points in 2000-01).
Jennings
Salmons
Delfino
Mbah a Moute
Thomas
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Bibby
Johnson
Williams
Smith
Horford

Player Injury
Status
Andrew Bogut Right elbow, wrist, hand
Out
Michael Redd Torn ACL & MCL
Out
Player Injury
Status
None