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Bucks vs. Hornets: Pregame Quoteboard

Here's what Head Coach Jason Kidd had to say prior to tonight's game vs. the Hornets

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Jason Kidd

On the return of Ersan Ilyasova...

"Ers will go. We'll see how he feels. He looked good in practice, and today in shootaround he looked good."

On a potential minutes restriction for Ilyasova...

"We'll go by feel. We'll see how it goes. As much as you've been out, you can't say he's in tip-top basketball shape. But again, he looked good in practice yesterday, so we'll go until he gives us the sign."

On Johnny O'Bryant starting...

"Johnny will start .We are comfortable starting two young players. With Jabari [Parker] down, Johnny is stepping in. He's one a good job. He was thrown into the fire on the West Coast trip, and I thought he responded in a positive way."

On the team competing during West Coast trip despite injuries...

"With the injuries, it's a part of the game and I thought us, being a team and not just around one guy, guys stepped up. Next guy up. We've been hit with some injuries early on, so guys are accustomed to that. I think the bench, everybody knowing that they're going to play at some point made the adjustment a little bit easier."

On the toughness of this Charlotte team...

"They are playing at a high level and putting up a lot of points. They are playing extremely well. They have a couple of stars on their team, we talked about Kemba [Walker] and Al Jefferson. Their role players are playing well, so they are very dangerous. Don't look at the record. These guys are playing at a very high level right now."

On the first time the Bucks played Charlotte...

"It was a great learning tool. Even though we lost, we used that game to understand that the game is 48 minutes long. It's also good that we went through that early. Being a young team, being able to bounce back from a tough loss is important. Again, you have to play for 48 minutes and we understand that. We've seen it from both sides."