Starters Bruno Fernando and Eric Gordon eliminated against Bucks

MILWAUKEE — If the Rockets’ task against the Bucks wasn’t tough enough, the challenge grew considerably greater between Friday’s loss to the Grizzlies and meeting one of the NBA championship contenders in their game. home opening.

The Rockets, playing the second game in a row and the third in four days against a team that has only played one game this season, were to be found without starters Bruno Fernando and Eric Gordon.

Fernando left Friday’s game early in the second half on Friday with left knee pain. Gordon was ruled out for injury maintenance.

That left the Rockets scrambling to change their roster with no practice day or game day shooting session.

At center, they could either start Alperen Sengun, who has started three preseason games, or go with Usman Garuba to keep Sengun in the off-bench role he played well in and let Garuba face two-time Bucks MVP Giannis . Antetokounmpo, rather than asking for rookie Jabari Smith Jr.

In Eric Gordon’s position, the Rockets could look to KJ Martin, who played as a sixth man, especially with forward Jae’Sean Tate out with a left ankle injury.

Gordon also played as backup point guard for the Rockets, but guard Daishen Nix, who missed preseason time and missed the season opener with a bad back, was available Friday and could get his first playing time of the season on the bench. Saturday. Rookie goaltender TyTy Washington Jr. is out with a sprained left knee.

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