BACK, BACK, BACK… – The Bucks will get their first taste of the back-to-back-to-back wrinkle in the league's
condensed schedule on this week's road trip, facing two teams who will be playing their third game in as many
nights. The Nuggets host the Bucks after taking on the Lakers each of the two previous nights, while the Kings play
at Denver and at Memphis the two nights prior to Milwaukee's visit on 1/5.
WHO NEEDS FREE THROWS? – The Bucks served up a statistical rarity on Dec. 27 vs. Minnesota, posting a 98-95
win despite yielding a lopsided 45-20 advantage to the Wolves in free throw attempts. Kevin Love (19-24)
attempted more free throws than the entire Bucks roster. The game was one of just five nights in franchise history
in which Milwaukee has won despite a free throw disparity of 25 or more attempts.
ERSAN WAS ON –Ersan Ilyasova tallied just eight points over the season's first two games, but erupted for 10 in the first quarter alone to jumpstart the
Bucks win over Washington on Friday. Ilyasova was 4-for-5 from the field and 1-of-1 from three in the frame, while pulling down four boards and handing out
three assists just for good measure. He finished the game 16 points, seven boards, four assists and a steal.
PACE-ING AROUND – It's no secret that the Bucks are looking to improve offensively this season, and one way to do that is to take advantage of easy scoring
opportunities like fast break points. The Bucks ranked 30th in that category last season (10.0 per game), but have bumped that up to 15.0 per contest in the
early going this year (9th in NBA). The effort to play faster and score quicker can also be seen in the team's pace of play (# of possessions per game). The
Bucks were 25th last season (92.1), but have climbed to 7th thus far in 2011-12 (97.6).
- Brandon Jennings has scored 20+ points in three consecutive games to open the season, matching the
longest streak of his career. He had one such streak during his rookie season and two last year.
- Carlos Delfino made his season debut on Friday after sitting out the first two games with a sprained right wrist.
Delfino contributed 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting (3-of-5 from 3) in 29 minutes off the bench.
- The Bucks have scored 50+ points in the first half of all three games thus far.
- Milwaukee has won five of its last six games dating back to last season.
- A win tonight would be Milwaukee's third in a row, which would match the team's longest winning streak from
last year. The Bucks had five three-game win streaks in 2010-11.
- Bucks guard Darington Hobson, assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Thursday, made his D-League debut
on Friday night. It was Hobson's first live game action in over a year after sitting out the 2010-11 season to
recover from hip surgery.