Ersan Ilyasova reported no problems after taking part in the Bucks' 5-on-5 practice session Monday at the Cousins Center. If he feels good again Tuesday, it's possible the 6-foot-10 power forward could be ready for the season opener against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Ilyasova suffered a right ankle sprain in the Bucks' first preseason game, played Oct. 8 in Cleveland. But he has made steady progress with help from the team's training staff. "Obviously we didn't go hard but I was feeling much better," Ilyasova said after the Bucks' season preview luncheon at the Hyatt Regency. "It's a day-by-day thing now and tomorrow is another practice and I'll just try to build on it." Point guard Brandon Knight, who was out two games due to a sore hamstring, and small forward Caron Butler, bothered by a left ankle sprain, both returned to practice. So that meant three starters were back practicing for coach Larry Drew. "I didn't recognize some of those faces," Drew joked. "It was good to get everybody out there, with Ersan and Brandon having been out. It was just good to get bodies back out there." Drew said he has two plans ready for Wednesday, depending on Ilyasova's status. The Bucks will have a bigger lineup featuring Ilyasova at the 4 spot and Butler at the 3 or they can go small with Butler at the 4 and Khris Middleton at the 3 if Ilyasova is not able to play.
Ersan Ilyasova on mend, has chance to be ready for opener
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Oct 29