Ersan Sells First-Class Ticket To Bucks Finals


For any fan over 20, most memories of the Bucks include some tough years and quick playoff exits. Although radio announcer Ted Davis is quite excitable already, he needed some pizzazz to make the Bucks more exciting. So, Turkish veteran Ersan Ilyasova was no longer Ilyasova. He’s “Ilyasooovvvaaa!” A bit corny? As of the 2019 east finals, heck no! Ersan is providing tremendous bench minutes for a deep and talented title contender. Don’t believe him? Then he’s got a bridge to sell you, and some basketball tips too.

Defensive Savant

As Davis observed, sometimes it seems Ersan’s bones are glass. Not to say he’s not tough: he’s broken his nose so many times his iPhone stopped unlocking. He has honed the art of selling a charge to the point of a Picasso. Observe his great play in game two (especially note his last charge at 1:50).

His play in Europe helped refine his instincts to fall in a definitive yet not overly flashy manner that almost always draws the dreaded double whistle. It seems opponents don’t understand Ersan turns the stingiest of officials into a speed trap cop.

Playoff Excellence

Ersan gave arguably the best performance of his career last night. His +/- of +22 led the team in Game 2. This excellence was possible because the Bucks have great chemistry that transcends cheesy Laker and Cavs superteams of the past.

Friday night Ersan contributed 17 points on 63.6% shooting. He was fortunate, however, that the SWAT team didn’t arrive because of the size of his guns.

After joking he’s still young with a 2005 NBA debut (comments begin at 7:50), Ersan observed: “it’s all about chemistry.” He magnificently stated that “for us, it’s big time when we go the playoff” and correctly noted that the starters “set the tone, we have to come out with the same energy.”

Ersan: Turkish Thunderstorm

Will the Turkish Thunder strike again in Toronto? Most likely, but he doesn’t need to. Maybe it’ll be Nikola Mirotic with a torrent of threes. Or perhaps George Hill‘s playoff experience will benefit Milwaukee if Toronto threatens. But one sure bet: if the Raptors think they have a clear path to the basket? Uh – IlyasoooooNo, think again.


About Jeffrey Newholm

"Jammin Jeff" Newholm had been a basketball fanatic since his high school days, and remained a casual fan as a student in Whitewater. Wishing to check in as an active participant, he also completed a writing certificate program at UWM. He loves seeing Bucks games more than any other activity in hometown Milwaukee and especially screaming really really loudly to get someone to miss a free throw. Twitter: @JeffreyNewholm

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