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Ersan Ilyasova Shut Down For Rest Of The Season


Ersan Ilyasova soars through the air like a majestic falcon for two of his 20 points in a Feb. 24 victory over Philadelphia.

The 2013-14 season has been a disaster on a number of levels for the Bucks. The nightmare is officially over for Ersan Ilyasova, though.

The team announced Thursday that the forward will be shut down for the remaining 11 games of the season in order to rest his ailing foot and ankle.

The injury has hampered Ilyasova for most of the season, limiting him to just 55 games. Ilyasova met with a specialist in Los Angeles on Tuesday and was advised to rest. At this point, surgery does not appear to be in his future.

Ilyasova first tweaked the ankle during an Oct. 8 preseason game against the Cavaliers. He was diagnosed with a sprain and missed the remainder of training camp before returning for the season opener on Oct. 30.

The native of Turkey will finish his sixth NBA season (all with Milwaukee) with averages of 11.2 points 6.2 rebounds in 26.9 minutes per game. He shot a disappointing 40.9 percent from the field and a career-low 28.2 percent from beyond the arc.

Ilyasova joins Larry Sanders (face), Nate Wolters (hand) and Carlos Delfino (leg) on Milwaukee’s list of players shut down for the season.

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