The Bucks saw four power-players sit out practice on Tuesday, due to injuries sustained over the past week. A pair of forwards, a center, and a guard is questionable for the rest of the week, a hitch in the team's resurgence back to the top of the division after losses to the ailing Bobcats and Hornets.
Fortunately, Wednesday's game against the Kings is the first in a back-to-back series against negative record teams. Sacramento is struggling at seven-and-thirteen right now, a struggle that is only enhanced by the absence of point guard Tyreke Evans and leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins, and Friday's game at Cleveland will pit the Bucks against a four-and-seventeen Cavaliers squad.
Nonetheless, head coach Scott Skiles warned against letting the numbers predict any easy wins for his team. At a press conference earlier in the week, Skiles pointed out that the Bucks only narrowly defeated
Cleveland at their last meeting, and that, at only a
single game above even themselves, nothing is guaranteed for Milwaukee right now.
Ilyasova Injured In Brooklyn
Ersan Ilyasova has also been a topic of discussion for Skiles this week. The forward is the most recent addition to the team's disabled-list, joining fellow forward Mike Dunleavy, point guard Beno Udrih, and center Epke Udoh. Ilyasova went out on Sunday in
after suffering a leg contusion. Udoh was also sidelined in that game, leaving
with a sprained left wrist. Both are questionable for the rest of the week, but
Ilyasova is expected back sooner-than-later.
Dunleavy is the most indefinite of the bunch. Bruising his left knee in a November thirteenth game at
Minnesota, he has not participated in
practice since. Both he and Udoh are unsure of when they will be back on the
court, Udoh still undergoing treatment for a sprained ankle.