ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- When a player is mired in a prolonged slump, sometimes simply working through it is the best solution.
Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova is in a rut. It happens. Maybe he's trying too hard to live up to the contract he signed in the offseason, maybe that has nothing to do with it. Whatever it is, Bucks coach Scott Skiles is faced with a dilemma. He has to walk the fine line of letting Ilyasova play through his slump, but also not letting his struggles hurt the team on the court.
"I can't do that at the expense of the team," Skiles said when asked if more minutes would help Ilyasova bust out. "I have other players that are productive right now. I've got to think about the whole team. He has to work out of it in the minutes he has. He can't use that as an excuse, because that's what it is, an excuse."
He's right. Right now Larry Sanders, Ekpe Udoh and even rookie John Henson have been more deserving of minutes. Last year, when Ilyasova was arguably Milwaukee's best ...