McGrady, averaging 28 points, skipped the past two games because
his knee was sore and now also will be sidelined for the Magic's
final seven games.
At 19-56, Orlando has the league's worst record.
"It just isn't getting any better," McGrady said. "The
organization doesn't want to me to rush it, and I don't want to
rush it. I just don't want to put pressure on myself to try and
come back too soon. We're just being cautious."
He's the second NBA star ruled out for the rest of the regular
season this week. On Tuesday, the Philadelphia 76ers announced Allen Iverson will miss their final eight games because of persistent pain in his right knee.
Though he'll miss the last seven regular-season games, McGrady will clinch his second straight scoring title. To qualify, a scorer must play in at least 70 games or score 1,400 points. McGrady has appeared in 67 games but has 1,878 points. His 28.0 average, however, will be the lowest of a scoring champion since the Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson averaged 26.8 points in winning the 1998-99 title.
With Iverson also done for season, the leading scorer still playing is the Sacramento Kings guard Peja Stojakovic at 24.7 going into Wednesday. Stojakovic would have to average 54.3 points in his last nine games to overtake McGrady -- a near impossibility given his average this season.
McGrady also is averaging six rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.39
steals in 67 games.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.