Brandon Knight's launch as a Milwaukee Bucks point guard has not gone as planned.

Instead of experiencing lift-off, the soon-to-be 22-year-old Knight has been grounded early in the season.

The former Detroit Pistons guard, acquired in the Brandon Jennings trade during the summer, lasted less than 2 minutes in the season opener in New York before suffering a painful right hamstring injury.

He briefly tried to return against Dallas and Miami, playing 39 minutes in those two games.

After another shutdown period over the last 10 days, the 6-foot-3 Knight might be ready for another try. He made the trip to Philadelphia on Thursday and will be evaluated to see if he can return to the court as the Bucks meet the 76ers on Friday night.

"Hopefully I can make that progression to get back on the court sometime soon because I've been biting the bullet trying to emotionally support my team," Knight said after the team's practice Thursday. "It's draining when you see your team struggling."

The Bucks (2-8) carry a six-game losing streak into their Eastern Conference matchup against the 76ers (5-8), who have lost four in a row.

Milwaukee was forced to use rookie Nate Wolters as its starting point guard for seven games, and he responded well in a difficult situation.

Veteran guard Luke Ridnour also was out with a back injury, but has played in the last three games and started in the Bucks' 91-82 home loss to Portland on Wednesday night.

So it's possible coach Larry Drew will have a full complement of point guards soon.

"Brandon is on a schedule to work out every day and they are really putting him on a test to see how the leg holds up," Drew said.

"With this type of injury you really have to lean toward the cautious side because it's a very delicate injury. We are now in a position where we really have to allow this thing to heal."

Knight was expected to be the starting point guard and it may yet work out that way.

But in his absence Wolters, the second-round pick from South Dakota State, has gained some valuable experience.