MILWAUKEE After falling 2.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks will now be without both of their starting forwards -- Ersan Ilyasova (back spasms) and Carlos Delfino (groin) -- for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Bucks coach Scott Skiles said that both players are considered day-to-day.
"I don't think (head athletic trainer) Marc (Boff) felt like either one was overly serious to miss multiple days, but we'll see," Skiles said. "You never know."
Delfino was hurt in the second quarter of Milwaukee's Monday night loss in New York. While attempting to go for a steal, Delfino "tweaked his groin" and did not return.
The exact timing of when Ilyasova's injury occurred is not known.
In those starting spots will be newly acquired big man Ekpe Udoh, who was part of the trade that brought Monta Ellis to Milwaukee, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
"Both guys are good individual defenders and good team defenders," Skiles said of Udoh and Mbah a Moute. "We'll have two big guys up front. We've struggled rebounding the ball. We're hoping to get a little more size in the lineup. Hopefully we can rebound it better."
Having Mbah a Moute and Udoh in the starting lineup will be an unquestioned defensive upgrade for the Bucks, but neither player can deliver offensively what Ilyasova and Delfino can.
Milwaukee is currently the ninth seed in the East with a 22-27 record entering play Tuesday.
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