Ersan Ilyasova admitted to Scott Skiles that he was relieved to come off the bench before Monday's comeback win over the Bulls, and responded with 18 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 22 minutes.
Ilyasova played sparingly for the first half of the game, but then Skiles rode his bench and Ilyasova for the entire fourth quarter. During that time he was a mixed bag offensively and passed up some open looks, but he hit a number of big shots and had a few huge plays late to secure the win. We're not going to say that he's back, but we've seen him thrive in his bench role in the past and tonight was definitely a building block experience. We're all for adding him if he has been dropped, though patience will continue to be a necessity.