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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Here’s a quick trivia question for you…
The last time the Milwaukee Bucks had three players score 25 or more points in the same game was on March 9, 2012. Can you name those three players? Answer at the end of this column.
When the Bucks earlier this season acquired Eric Bledsoe from Phoenix, the hope was that he would give the Bucks a formidable “Big Three” when the Bucks were on offense. As of today, the jury is still out on whether or not that has been accomplished, but the “Big Three” is each averaging over 17 points per game: Giannis Antetokounmpo is at 27.2 points per game; Khris Middleton is averaging 19.7 per game; and Bledsoe is scoring at a 17.6 points per game clip.
Four times in Bucks history the team has had three players average 18 or more points per game (minimum of 40 games played to qualify for the list) in a season. The four times:
2001-02: Ray Allen (21.8), Sam Cassell (19.7), Glenn Robinson (20.7)
2000-01: Ray Allen (22.0), Sam Cassell (18.2), Glenn Robinson (22.0)
1999-2000: Ray Allen (22.1), Sam Cassell (18.6), Glenn Robinson (20.9)
1970-71: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (31.7), Bob Dandridge (18.40, Oscar Robertson (19.4)
Answer to the trivia question: The last three Bucks players to score 25 or more points in the same game were Mike Dunleavy (25), Ersan Ilyasova (26) and Brandon Jennings (25) on March 19, 2012.
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Milwaukee Bucks fans have seen their team done in by some of the greatest opposing players in NBA history… included in that group would be Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas. You could also add future Hall of Famers LeBron James, Jason Kidd and Russell Westbrook to that list.
But what about Nikola Jokic? Would that be a name that rings fear in hearts of the Bucks faithful? What, you might ask, does Jokic have in common with the other six “legends” noted above?
With 30 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists in Denver’s 134-123 win over the Bucks on February 15, Jokic had his third career triple-double against the Bucks. The only opposing players to have as many triple-doubles (regular season and playoffs) against the Bucks as Jokic are Jason Kidd, Russell Westbrook and Larry Bird.
Following are the 10 opposing players who have had two or more triple-doubles against the Bucks.
3-Larry Bird, Nikola Jokic
2-Alvan Adams, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Detlef Schrempf, Isiah Thomas, John Williams
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The Bucks are hoping that Parker joining their lineup with be a shot in the arm they need for a spot in the post-season. One thing fans seem to forget is that Parker is still a relatively young player in the league. He joined the league as a teenager out of Duke University and has already played three seasons in the NBA. Yet, he has not turned 23 (he will be 23 on March 15).
At the time of his last injury, Parker was 21 and a week from turning 22. He has played 152 games in the league and has amassed 2,403 points, 847 rebounds, 314 assists and 150 steals in his brief career.
What makes these numbers all the more interesting is that there are only a handful of players who have reached the above career numbers in points, rebounds, assists and steals before the age of 22.
Here is a list of the 18 players in league history that had 2,400 or more points, 800 or more rebounds, 300 or more assists and 150 or more steals before the age of 22 (it’s a pretty impressive list):
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Luol Deng, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, Lamar Odom, Jabari Parker, Josh Smith, Antoine Walker, Russell Westbrook, Andrew Wiggins, Marvin Williams.
It should come as no surprise that the Bucks are looking forward to having Parker in the lineup.
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What makes Brogdon’s game even more impressive is that he accomplished something that only six other Bucks players have accomplished in team history: Brogdon became the seventh Bucks player to have 30 or more points and was successful on 75% (or more) of his two-point shots, his three-point shots and his free throws.
Brogdon tallied 32 points on 8-for-10 (80%) of his two-point shots; 3-for-4 (75%) of his three-point shots; and 7-for-8 (87.5%) of his free throws in the game.
He is the first player to reach these stats in a game for the Bucks since Ersan Ilyasova did it on March 26, 2015. In fact, Ilyasova is the only Bucks player to have reached these numbers twice in his career with the team. The other Bucks players to reach these numbers in a game: Ray Allen, Frank Brickowski, Terry Cummings, Ricky Pierce and Alvin Robertson.
Brogdon also became the 93rd player to reach these stats in an NBA game. Surprisingly, Charles Barkley leads the league with eight such games in his career. He is followed by Reggie Miller with five such games, and Dirk Nowitzki with four.
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