McGrady's knee recovering, but he will miss Rockets' next 3 games
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.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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