Ersan Ilyasova returns to practice, could play vs. Hornets


Ersan Ilyasova was just hitting his stride when a stray elbow from Tristan Thompson on December 2 left him with nasal fractures that have sidelined him for the past three weeks.

But Fox Sports Wisconsin's Andrew Gruman reports that Ersan is now finally back at practice and hoping to give Jason Kidd some much-needed reinforcements up front when the Bucks take on the Hornets Tuesday night at the Bradley Center. Though Kidd doesn't expect him to start, Ersan could come off the bench against Charlotte. He'll also be wearing a new protective mask until further notice.