In the second quarter Tuesday night the Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova took an inadvertent forearm to the face from LeBron James, which ended Ilyasova’s night (he had 9 points in that second quarter and was a key reason the Bucks went on a 13-2 run to take a lead that quarter).
Now it turns out that blow is going to keep Ilyasova out at least a couple more games with a broken nose and concussion symptoms, the team announced Wednesday. From the official press release:
After being examined in the locker room at halftime, he was taken to the Cleveland Clinic where he underwent a CT scan that revealed a nasal fracture. He also displayed symptoms of a mild concussion. Ilyasova was held overnight for observation, released this morning, and is returning to Milwaukee. Ilyasova will not play in tonight’s contest and is not expected to travel on the team’s next trip to Dallas (Dec. 7) and Oklahoma City (Dec. 9).
Ilyasova is averaging 10.1 points a game in almost 19 minutes a night, shooting 50 percent on the season. With him and John Henson (foot) still out, expect to see more minutes for Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo at the four — that should be exciting, but gives me a “be careful what you wish for” feeling.