Ilyasova is currently dealing with ankle, thumb and hamstring injuries. None of the three are considered overly serious, but the cumulative effects of the ailments could cause him to miss his eighth game of the young season. He sat out nearly the entire preseason with an ankle injury, which he then tweaked after just three regular season contests, causing him to sit out six games. Returning to the lineup on Nov. 20 against Portland, a clearly less-than-100 percent Ilyasova averaged nine points over five contests before leaving Friday’s game in Charlotte after just 12 minutes.
Ilyasova is essentially a game-time call as of now, but he could be on a minutes limit should he opt to play. In the Bucks’ first matchup with the Celtics on Nov. 1, he was held to five points and four rebounds in 23 minutes.
No updates have surfaced regarding Caron Butler, who sat out Saturday’s game with swelling in his knee. Typically no news is good news when it comes to injuries, so it seems likely he’ll return to the lineup Tuesday.
In other news, Larry Sanders’ thumb injury has not impacted his ability to maintain one of the NBA’s most active Instagram accounts. Big fan of the Bucks-themed collar and the pin is a nice touch.