Ersan Ilyasova

Bucks “shut down” Ersan Ilyasova due to ankle injury

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Ersan Ilyasova has not been himself this season – the guy who averaged 13.2 points a game on 46.2 percent shooting and 44.4 percent from three last season is averaging 8.2 points a game on 38.3 percent shooing this season and 21.6 percent from three. His stats are like that across the board. To use PER as a snapshot, he has gone from an above average 18.3 last season to a “why isn’t he in the D-League?” 8.9 this season.

A lot of that is due to a rash of injuries — thumb, hamstring and most lately an ankle sprain that has lingered from the preseason and been aggravated.

The ankle injury means we might not see Ilyasova for a bit, reports Charlie Gardner of the Journal Sentinel.

The Bucks went into this season saying they didn’t want to tank, but early struggles and injuries have made them the worst team in the NBA so far this season.

To paraphrase Williams Shakespeare from Twelfth Night: Some teams are born to tank, some achieve tanking, and others have tanking thrust upon them. The Bucks may have had it thrust upon them, but as our own D.J. Foster has noted at this point they need to embrace it. If you’re going to be bad, this is the year to do it.

So don’t rush Ilyasova back.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.