McGrady, averaging 23 points and five assists per game, has sat
out the last eight games with strained tendons, tendinitis and a
bone bruise in the knee. The Rockets are 6-2 in the stretch without
him heading into Friday night's game against Minnesota.
Rockets trainer Keith Jones said McGrady's knee is healthy, but
he needs to improve his conditioning before he can play again.
Jones expected McGrady to return to action when the Rockets play
San Antonio next Saturday in Houston.
"He's worked out every day, picking it up every day," Jones
said. "Now, we're trying to do a little more cardio and endurance
things on the court and see what he does over the next 3-4 days."
Also, Bonzi Wells missed Friday's game because of a sprained
left shoulder. Jones said Wells suffered the injury in the Rockets'
103-83 win in Memphis on Dec. 28.
Wells scored 25 points against Boston on Jan. 2, but his scoring
and minutes steadily declined over the next four games. He played
less than 17 minutes and scored only two points in the Rockets'
101-92 win over New York on Wednesday.
Jones said Wells got a painkilling injection and doctors
recommended that he sit out Friday's game. Jones expected Wells to
practice on Saturday and play in Houston's next game, against New
Orleans on Sunday.