McGrady relieved no damage but expects to miss few games

HOUSTON -- Tracy McGrady isn't in any hurry to rush back to the Rockets' lineup and will miss Houston's next two games
to rest his ailing left knee.

"Right now, I'm saying a week to see how I feel," McGrady told The Houston Chronicle. "Come in here, get a couple practices, get up and down the court. Don't want to rush it because we don't want the same thing to happen again. We'll see."

McGrady missed the second half of the Rockets' 97-92 loss to
Orlando on Dec. 19 with soreness in the knee. He sat out Houston's
loss to Denver the next night.

He played a total of 50 minutes in Houston's last two games, a
win in Chicago on Dec. 22 and a loss to Detroit on Dec. 23.

An MRI exam performed on Monday revealed swollen tendons in the
knee, but no structural damage.

"It's definitely a relief," McGrady told The Chronicle. "I thought I had something torn in there. That's not the case. It's just sprained. I'll probably be out a week. I don't really know. I can't really put a timetable on it. I know I'll miss the next few games."

The Rockets play Memphis on Friday and Toronto on Saturday.
McGrady is expected to return for Houston's game against Golden
State on New Year's Eve.

McGrady is the NBA's 10th leading scorer, averaging 22.8 points
per game. He also leads the Rockets with 5.1 assists per game.

Also Thursday, Yao Ming missed practice with flu-like symptoms,
but the team said he is expected to play on Friday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.