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Captain Disaster
12-19-2005, 10:39 PM
HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets proved they couldn't win without Tracy McGrady. Now they will have to prove they can win without Yao Ming.

Yao Ming
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Houston Rockets

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
22 19.9 9.0 1.3 50.633 83.688

Yao is expected to miss several weeks after undergoing surgery Monday to clean an infection in his left big toe, the team said.

Rockets team physician Dr. Tom Clanton performed the surgery to clean out an infection in Yao's toe. Yao was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, which is common inflammation of the bone caused by bacteria.

Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis said the surgery was successful and that Yao will require antibiotics and rest for several weeks. He did not have a timetable for Yao's return.

Yao returned home from Los Angeles before the Rockets beat the Lakers 76-74 on Sunday night. He has had a problem with his left big toe for some time, missing two preseason games because it was bothering him.

Yao, the leading vote-getter after the first set of returns for this season's All-Star Game, is averaging 19.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.36 blocked shots.

The 25-year-old All-Star has played in 266 regular-season games since joining the Rockets in 2002. Sunday's game was just the third he's missed in his career.

Losing the 7-foot-6 giant is a blow for the Rockets (10-13), who recently got McGrady back after he missed eight games with a back injury. Houston went 0-8 without McGrady.

Yao isn't the only Houston big man who is hurting heading into Wednesday's game against Toronto.

Dikembe Mutombo started for Yao on Sunday, but left the game with a dislocated left finger with 4:51 left. His status for Wednesday's game was not immediately known, and the Rockets have no other centers on their roster.

SportsTicker and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

DubOverdose
12-19-2005, 11:23 PM
Sure hurts my fantasy team....again. I have both TMac and Yao. I now picked up Deke and dropped Marvin Williams in hopes that Deke will do what Alonzo did (also on my F team) in place of Shaq.

TripleDipping
12-19-2005, 11:25 PM
I don't think the Rockets can win without Yao... they'll probably do better compared to when they played without McGrady. Other teams would just crowd TMAC and make the scrubs make shots.

alby
12-20-2005, 01:38 AM
this is great news for me as a rockets hater...

blahblehblah
12-22-2005, 10:11 PM
david aldridge was on tnt before the Mavs/Sac game and reported that Yao would be out ATLEAST 6 WEEKS! There goes my fantasy team... Unhappy
Needless to say the Rockets and there fans are probly more upset, since this pretty much means they wont be repeating last seasons success after a bad start. Heck they'll be lucky to contend for an 8th seed this year let alone the 5th seed.

alby
12-23-2005, 10:22 AM
houston will miss the playoffs =D

TripleDipping
12-23-2005, 05:38 PM
Got pasted at home by Toronto... a sign of things to come?

mary
12-23-2005, 05:42 PM
What is it with really big guys and their toes?

I don't feel sorry for the Rockets, but it is a shame Yao will miss so much time. He's seems to be a pretty good guy.

dirno2000
12-23-2005, 06:05 PM
Got pasted at home by Toronto... a sign of things to come?

Toronto held T-Mac to 7 points on 11 shots so unless his back is flaring up again i doubt it's a sign of things to come.

TripleDipping
12-23-2005, 06:16 PM
Toronto held T-Mac to 7 points on 11 shots so unless his back is flaring up again i doubt it's a sign of things to come.

Is it the back? Or was Toronto converging on TMAC all the time and limited his touches? I would think that with Yao out, teams would just pay attention to TMAC with impunity... kinda like the situation he was in when he was in Orlando.

dirno2000
12-23-2005, 06:43 PM
...but he still put up big numbers in Orlando

TripleDipping
12-23-2005, 08:42 PM
He did put up big numbers in Orlando and I have no doubt that he will do that in Houston too... but the outcome of the game has nothing to do with if he has a bad game or good game.

Thespiralgoeson
12-25-2005, 06:09 PM
Houston is getting screwed every which way this season... and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

Arne
12-25-2005, 07:28 PM
I wouldn't blame T-mac too soon, since he's still having some problems with his back, I guess.

But Houston is done for the season and I love.

NXperience
12-25-2005, 10:19 PM
Hmmm we better hope they don't tank the season and get another high lottery pick :)
But I'm sorry for Yao I like him.

Nash13
12-26-2005, 12:15 AM
What is it with really big guys and their toes?

I don't feel sorry for the Rockets, but it is a shame Yao will miss so much time. He's seems to be a pretty good guy.


I'm the exact opposite. I feel sorry for the Rockets, but i can't stand Yao. Everytime i watch the Rockets play, he annoys me. He always feels the need to gloat and celebrate after some shots he should make all the time.