Milwaukee Bucks Thrive When They Give Ball To Ersan Ilyasova

By John Raffel
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks have lost two straight NBA games and Ersan Ilyasova realizes as much as anyone how critical it is to limit those streaks and get a winning string started.

Simple solution, get the ball in Ilyasova’s hands as often as possible.

When he’s able to be in the lineup and gets his hands on the ball, Ilyasova does a very admirable job when it comes to production. In Wednesday’s 100-86 loss to the Utah Jazz, Ilyasova was 6-of-10 in field goals and 2 of 4 in threes for 17 points. The previous night at Denver, against the sizzling Denver Nuggets who are playing great defense, he shot 50 percent but only took six shots and wound up with six points

But keep in mind other games on what happens when the Bucks get the ball in Ilyasova’s hands for a double digit amount of shots. He was 6-of-13 and 2-of-5 against the Orlando Magic and scored 16 points. He also shot a lot against the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls and scored 19 and 18 points respectively There are some games he hasn’t shot much and his team has won. That’s the exception.

In mid-January, he had his finest hour with back-to-back 27-point games against the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers. He had 17 shots against the Sixers and 14 against the Portland Trail Blazers and made 10 baskets each time.

It’s a no-brainer Bucks: keep putting the ball in Ilyasova’s hands and don’t stop. The Bucks are trying to remain a force in the Eastern Conference. And they’ll have success if Ilyasova can find his hands on the basketball and get the open space for plenty of shots.

It’s that simple.

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