Surprise, surprise…the Rockets are nicked up again

Tracy McGrady has a sore knee. Yesterday, he proclaimed that he was probably going to have to shut it down, but he was able to practice today and is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game.

Yao Ming has a foot injury, but the x-rays were negative, so he should be able to play.

Ron Artest sprained his ankle, but should be able to go.

As part of our 2008 NBA Preview, I wrote the following about the Rockets…

Keep Your Eye On: The Rockets’ injury report
If T-Mac, Yao Ming and Ron Artest can all play 75+ games and are healthy for the playoffs, this team will be very competitive. But as history has shown us, that is a HUGE “if.” Yao hasn’t played more than 57 games in any of the last three seasons and McGrady is averaging 61 games played over the same span. So the Rockets can’t really hope that the duo will stay healthy, they just have to hope that whatever injuries T-Mac and Yao do sustain aren’t of the season-ending variety.

The Rockets were a popular preseason pick to make some serious noise come playoff time, but the team needs its three stars to be healthy at the end of the season. Rockets fans surely have their fingers crossed, but already each star has his own nagging injury. It’s going to be interesting to see if Houston can stay healthy all season.

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