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Rockets get two back; Yao out

Updated: January 25, 2009, 9:22 PM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Yao Ming's sore right knee sidelined him for the Houston Rockets just as they welcomed back Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest.

Yao said his knee was "close" to being healthy enough to play Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons and hoped to be back in the lineup Monday night on the road against the New York Knicks.

"It's another 24 hours," he said.

"X-ray pictures show everything is fine, no cracks. I think I will be fine."

Houston coach Rick ...

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