Here are a handful of stats from this past weekend’s NBA playoff games.
- The Bucks have evened their series with the Boston Celtics at 2-2 with victories in Games #3 and #4 in Milwaukee. It has been well documented that the Bucks have not won a playoff series since 2001; they have lost seven series since then, losing in first round of those seven playoffs.
The Bucks will try to take the lead in their series with Boston by winning on the road in Game #5. However, past history has shown that the Bucks have not fared well in Games #5 through #7 in their past seven post-season series…the Bucks are 2-9 in Games #5-Games #7 since 2003. Following is a quick look at the Bucks record in each game of the playoffs since 2003.
Game #1: 1-7
Game #2: 2-6
Game #3: 4-4
Game #4: 4-4
Game #5: 2-4
Game #6: 0-4
Game #7: 0-1
- The New Orleans Pelicans had two players score 40 or more points in a playoff game when on April 21 Anthony Davis had 47 and Jrue Holiday had 41 as the Pelicans swept the Portland Trailblazers 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs. It was only the fifth time in NBA history that a pair of teammates scored 40 or more points in the same playoff contest. The five times:
Anthony Davis (47) & Jrue Holiday (41), New Orleans, 4-21-18
LeBron James (41) & Kyrie Irving (41), Cleveland, 6-13-16
Reggie Miller (40) & Jalen Rose (40), Indiana, 5-6-2000
Clyde Drexler (41) & Hakeem Olajuwon (40), Houston, 5-5-95
Sleepy Floyd (42) & Hakeem Olajuwon (41), Houston, 4-30-88
- Speaking of Davis, in addition to his 47 points in that game, he only recorded one assist in the contest. It was the 37th time in NBA playoff history that a player scored 40 or more points in a playoff game with only one or no assists. It was the fourth most points scored in a playoff game by a player with one or no assists in the game; Sam Jones holds the record… he had 51 points for the Celtics in a March 28, 1967 playoff games with only one assist. Karl Malone holds the mark for most points scored in a playoff game with no assists; he had 50 points and no assists for Utah in a post-season game on April 22, 2000.
Five players have had multiple playoff games with 40 or more points and only one or no assists. Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal and Amare Stoudemire did it three times, while Bob McAdoo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it twice.
- The Bucks Thon Maker had a pair of games, Game #3 and Game #4, where he had five blocked shots in each contest. He is only the second player in league history to have multiple playoffs games (now three, he had one game with five blocks last season) with five or more blocks before the age of 22 (Maker is only 21). The other player is Serge Ibaka who had six playoff games with five or more blocked shots before he turned 22.
Maker has 10 blocks in the playoffs so far this season, ranking him second on that list, Anthony Davis tops the list with 11 blocks so far this post-season. It’s interesting to note, however, that Davis has 11 blocks in 152 minutes played; Maker has 10 blocks in only 56 minutes played.
- Utah rookie guard Donovan Mitchell scored 28 and 27 points in the first two playoff games for the Jazz. He became only the 26th rookie in NBA history to have multiple playoff games with 25 or more points. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tops the list with 10 playoff games with 25+ points as a rookie. He is followed by David Robinson with six such games, Elvin Hayes with five, and Alonzo Mourning and Arvydas Sabonis with four games each.
The last rookie to score 30 or more points in a playoff game was the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings; he had 34 points on April 13, 2010 in a playoff game versus the Atlanta Hawks. The most points scored by a rookie in a playoff game is held by another Bucks rookie, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He tallied 46 as a rookie in an April 3, 1970 playoff games versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Magic Johnson and Chuck Person are the only other rookies to score 40 or more points in an NBA playoff game.
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The last time the Bucks had beaten the Suns in Phoenix was March 9, 1987 when they won 118-110. For the record, of the 12 players who played for the Bucks in their win last night, five of them had not even been born yet when the Bucks last won in Phoenix: Ersen Ilyasova, Larry Sanders, Brandon Jennings, Ekpe Udoh and John Henson.
Now that the Bucks have a win over the Suns in the scorebook, the longest drought when it comes to road victories is now in Utah. The Bucks have not won a game at Utah since October 30, 2001. Here’s a look at where road wins have been rare for the Bucks.
2. New Orleans, last road win was Jan. 27, 2003. The Bucks have lost 11 straight road games to the Hornets.
3. Orlando, last road win was Dec. 29, 2004. The Bucks have lost 13 straight road games to the Magic.
4. Los Angeles Clippers, last road win was Dec. 4, 2007. The Bucks have lost four straight road games to the Clippers.
5. San Antonio, last road win was Dec. 30, 2008. The Bucks have lost three straight road games to the Spurs.
6. Minnesota, last road win was Nov. 6, 2009. The Bucks have lost two straight road games to the Timberwolves.
7. Memphis, last road win was Nov. 21, 2009. The Bucks have lost two straight road games to the Grizzlies.
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Sixteen of the NBA’s 30 teams are in the midst of the playoffs. For the other 14 teams and their players, the off-season has begun. But for some of those players on teams that did not make the playoffs, we have a few awards to hand out.
In honor of Popeye Jones, who played in the NBA from 1993-2004, playing in 535 games but never playing in a playoff game, we present the First Annual Popeye Awards, given to the Top Ten players in the NBA whose teams did not make the playoffs this season.
2012 NBA Popeye Awards
Kevin Love, Minnesota (Popeye Awards “Player of the Year”): Averaged 26 ppg and 13.3 rpg, finishing in the Top Five in both categories (4th in scoring, 2nd in rebounds; the only player this year to finish in the Top 10 in both categories)… began the season with 15 straight double-doubles… had a career-high 51 points… missed final two games of season after suffering a concussion.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland: Top 10 scorer with 21.7 ppg… grabbed 8 rebs per game… shot a career-high 51.2 percent from the field… missed final two weeks of the season; will have surgery on hip during the off-season.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento: Averaged 18.1 ppg and 11 rpg… had 36 double-doubles for the season… scored 84 points in last three games of the season… led Kings in points, rebounds, steals and blocked shots.
Monta Ellis, Golden State/Milwaukee: Traded from Golden State to Milwaukee in March deal… averaged 20.4 ppg and 6 assist ppg for the season… scored a career-high 48 points in a February game… formed a high-scoring backcourt with fellow Popeye Award recipient, Brandon Jennings.
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland: Averaged 185 ppg and 5.4 apg in his rookie season… was NBA Rookie of the Month in four months… led Cavs in assists and was second on team with most points scored… shot 47 percent from the field… likely ROY for 2011-12.
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee: Other half of current Bucks backcourt with Monta Ellis… averaged 19.1 ppg and 5.5 apg… increased his points, minutes played, assists and shooting percentage for third straight season… led Bucks in most points, steals and assists.
David Lee, Golden State: season ended early with abdominal injury… averaged 20. 1 ppg and 9.6 rpg… led Warriors in both categories… made over 50 percent of his field goals for the seventh straight season.
Greg Monroe, Detroit: Averaged 15.4 ppg and 9.7 rpg, leading team in both stats… led team in steals… had 30 double-doubles, most for the Pistons since 2003-04… strong candidate for league’s Most Improved Player Award.
John Wall, Washington: Averaged 16.3 ppg and eight assists per game… the No. 1 overall pick in 2010 draft… led Wizards in minutes played, points, steals, assists and third in total rebounds.
Deron Williams, New Jersey: One of the top point guards in the league… averaged 21 ppg and 8.7 apg… had a career-high 57 points in March contest… all-star selection for third straight year… led team in points scored, assists and most 3-pointers made.
Honorable Mention: Andre Bargnani, Toronto; Marcin Gortat, Phoenix; Kris Humphries, New Jersey
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