2013 NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat Need to Limit Ersan Ilyasova

By Vytis Lasaitis
Ersan Ilyasova
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In game two, Ersan Ilyasova carried the offensive load for the Milwaukee Bucks, who failed to split the series against the Miami Heat. While the Heat successfully defended their homecourt, Ilyasova showed that he can be a threat and Miami has to do a better job defending him.

Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings will continue taking shots, but the Heat really don’t mind that. The two volume shooters generally force up tough shots and Miami would love nothing else than the guard duo to bury their own team. However, Ilyasova is a tough nut to crack.

In game two, the Turkish forward scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was effective slipping screens and made nice cuts to the basket. Arguably his greatest offensive weapon, the three-point shot, was also on display, as he drained two of his three attempts from long range.

The 25-year-old Ilyasova was erratic during the regular season against the Heat, but he did put up a monster game. In March, he dropped 26 points and 17 rebounds in a losing effort against Miami. While he is generally quite a sporadic player, his 44.4 percent three-point accuracy is something that has the potential to cause the Heat some problems. He can stretch the floor and finds ways to score in the pick and roll.

If the Bucks want to steal a game or two, they need to continue going through Ilyasova on offense. Jennings shot 3-15 in game two, while Ellis has not managed to score effectively in any of the meetings against Miami. If the forward out of Turkey can get it going in game three, the Heat could be in some trouble.


Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter: @VytisLasaitis

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