Ilyasova (shoulder) is no longer listed on the injury report for Friday's matchup with the Pacers.
Ilyasova sat out the final game prior to the All-Star break because of a shoulder injury, but it was always considered just a precautionary absence. With nearly a week and a half off for added recovery time, Ilyasova is back to full strength and shouldn't have any restrictions. Earlier in the week, the Hawks announced that Ilyasova would continue to remain the team's starting power forward despite the fact that Atlanta is in rebuilding mode, so his fantasy value doesn't appear to be in immediate danger. That said, it will continue to be a situation to monitor as the regular season dwindles down.
While Atlanta is clearly in rebuilding mode, coach Mike Budenholzer said Wednesday that he doesn't plan to make any "drastic changes" to his rotation over the final 23 games of the season. "I think we've been a mix of young and veteran guys all year," Budenholzer said. "I think the way we progressed through the season - of course when you start the season you think it could be a little different - (but) right now but I think the way we've played, and the way we continue to play, won't be that much different." That's good news for Ilyasova's fantasy owners, but it also means promising rookie John Collins will continue to come off the bench for the foreseeable future. Collins has shown flashes of brilliance this season, but he doesn't offer the floor spacing that Ilyasova provides. Heading into the All-Star break, Ilyasova was averaging 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 made threes per game over his last six contests.
Ilyasova will not play Wednesday against the Pistons due to a shoulder sprain.
This is the first we're hearing of the issue, and it's possible the Hawks are simply looking to get Ilyasova some extra rest heading into the All-Star break on the second night of a back-to-back. Atlanta will also hold Dennis Schroder (back) and Kent Bazemore (rest) out of action, so a number of regular bench players -- including Malcolm Delaney, John Collins, Mike Muscala, Isaiah Taylor, and DeAndre Bembry -- will be in line for increased minutes.
Ilyasova registered 19 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five rebounds and two steals across 28 minutes in Sunday's 118-115 win over the Pistons.
Ilyasova is now a week removed from his illness and is starting to regain his offensive form that the Hawks so desperately need back in their lineup. The seven free-throws that Ilyasova attempted was a season-high, and the fact that he was able to convert all of them made his drives to the bucket more notable, as he is notoriously an outside scorer, but showed Sunday he isn't afraid to attack as well.
Ilyasova had eight points (3-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt), four rebounds, two steals, and one block in 19 minutes during Tuesday's 108-82 win over the Grizzlies.
Ilyasova reclaimed his starting spot after sitting out Sunday's win over the Knicks. However, he was fairly quiet, and he was not among the five Hawks who got to play 20-plus minutes. Coach Mike Budenholzer is likely to continue funneling minutes towards youngsters such as rookie John Collins, which does not bode well for Ilyasova going forward.
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