Tracy McGrady injured again
The 6-foot-8 McGrady has been sidelined with back problems three
different times this season and missed a total of 15 games. The
Rockets are 2-13 without McGrady, their leading scorer.
McGrady was examined on Friday in Los Angeles by renowned back
specialist Dr. Robert Watkins. His latest injury is not a
recurrence of the chronic problems that have bothered him since
November, Watkins said, but the result of a fall McGrady took in
the Rockets’ 102-84 win over Portland on March 5.
McGrady scored 18 points, then left the game late in the third
He sat out the Rockets’ 93-87 win over Minnesota on Tuesday,
then left in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 103-99 victory over
Indiana when his back started hurting again.
McGrady scored 15 points, but said after the game he wasn’t
optimistic about a quick return.
"It’s frustrating," McGrady said. "I’ve been dealing with it
all season. It’s the same old issue I’ve been dealing with."
The Rockets said McGrady’s condition will be closely monitored
over the weekend by the team’s medical staff at Memorial Hermann
Texas Medical Center in Houston.
The Rockets are three games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the
race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They’ve
won four in a row and 10 of their last 13, but their next eight
opponents have winning records, starting with Sunday’s game at San