Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova is inactive for Saturday’s game against Indiana with a right ankle injury.
Ilyasova played 23 minutes and scored 11 points in Friday’s 115-101 loss to Houston, and there was no indication following the game that he had injured his ankle.
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. For the season, the Turkish forward is averaging 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Without one of their top reserves, the Bucks face a bigger challenge in what’s a big game against a team ahead of them in the Central Division standings. Losers of three straight, Milwaukee would fall to three games behind the Pacers if it isn’t able to snap the losing streak Saturday night.
Ilyasova’s absence will likely allow more minutes for rookie John Henson. Since finding his way back into Milwaukee’s rotation, Henson is averaging 15.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in his last two games.
With Ilyasova on the inactive list, rookie guard Doron Lamb will be active.