The Milwaukee Bucks have heightened expectations for this season after a surprise run to the playoffs last year, but the Bucks are going to be short-handed in their opener against the New York Knicks on Wednesday. Not only is Jabari Parker still out as he recovers from a torn ACL, but Giannis Antetokounmpo will be serving a one-game suspension and O.J. Mayo won’t play because of a strained hamstring, according to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Parker tore his ACL just 25 games into his rookie season, and the Bucks are being extra cautious with his recovery. Antetokounmpo was suspended for going after the Chicago Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy in the postseason. Bucks head coach Jason Kidd is still deciding on who’s going to get the call in the starting lineup.
The Knicks will also be without a few players. Arron Afflalo is nursing a hamstring injury of his own, while big men Kevin Seraphin and Lou Amundson are doubtful to play. Knicks head coach Derek Fisher is either going to go with Sasha Vujacic, Jerian Grant or Langston Galloway in the starting lineup assuming Afflalo sits, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.