Flu-like symtoms sideline Yao
The Rockets announced shortly before tip-off that Dikembe Mutombo would start in Yao's place.
Yao, a 7-foot-6 center, is averaging 19.7 points and 9.6 rebounds in his seventh NBA season. He played as recently as Saturday night, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a loss to San Antonio.
"Sometime this week I expect him to be back out there, or this homestand," Scott said.
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