MILWAUKEE -- There's little question Ersan Ilyasova was playing with doubt and a touch of fear in the back of his mind early this season.November struggles had former Bucks coach Scott Skiles cutting his minutes, and Ilyasova's confidence was plummeting along with his numbers.
These days, he's a different player or rather, the one he was last season. "Ersanity" appears to be back. With his minutes up, Ilyasova is averaging 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds since Jim Boylan replaced Skiles on Jan. 8. He's shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 50.0 percent on three-pointers since the change.
"I'm just getting my confidence back, and when I get wide-open shots, I'm able to knock them down," Ilyasova said. "We've started playing better as a team, and we're sharing the ball offensively."
Skiles and Ilyasova didn't see eye to eye. When the fifth-year Turkish forward struggled for a stretch, his minutes suffered because Skiles preferred to play the hot hand. The veteran coach said he cou...