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Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova Likely to Return Sunday

Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova Likely to Return Sunday

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks Ersan Ilyasova has missed the last three games with a let hip injury and back soreness, but the small forward is very likely to suit up against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

In the last three games Ilyasova played, he averaged 22.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game while shooting an incredible 65.0 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from beyond the arc. These performances came against the Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. The Bucks recorded only one win in those three games and have lost four overall in their last six contests.

Milwaukee desperately needs Ilyasova back in the lineup so they can be more productive on both sides of the court. The team is not rebounding as well with him on the bench, while points in the paint have been hard to come by. Center Larry Sanders has done a decent job around the basket without Ilyasova, but the Bucks are so much better when both of them are attacking the boards.

It is critical that Milwaukee rights the ship as soon as possible because time is running out to climb higher than the eighth seed in the Easter Conference standings. If they want any chance of stringing some wins together over the next couple of weeks they will need a healthy Ilyasova on the court to do so.

Hopefully, the Bucks can get it together and snap out of their two-game losing streak. A win against Atlanta could definitely go a long ways to boosting Milwaukee’s confidence at the right time of year.