ST. FRANCIS, Wis. Back at practice Monday, Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova is expected to play Tuesday against Phoenix after missing Saturday's loss to Indiana with a right ankle injury.
Ilyasova said he injured the ankle by stepping on someone's foot in Friday's loss to Houston. He didn't feel the injury when it occurred, but the ankle swelled up and didn't allow him to play the following night.
"I worked hard on that ankle and (Bucks athletic trainer) Marc Boff did too," Ilyasova said. "I feel much better."
After an early-season slump, Ilyasova has played much better since coming off the bench, averaging 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds and shooting 48.8 percent from beyond the arc in the 19 games he's spent as a reserve.
With the Bucks in the midst of a four-game losing streak, Ilyasova realizes that there could come a point where he's asked to move back into the starting lineup, regardless of how comfortable he's become coming off the bench.
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