dEDGE Post Scriptum
Limping off the court late in their Game 3 loss, the Houston Rockets 7’6″ center, Yao Ming, suffered a broken left foot that will keep him out for the remainder of the playoffs. Yao underwent treatment this morning for his ailing foot, and as of this afternoon, he was to be re-evaluated Sunday morning. But news broke tonight that Yao underwent an examination this evening where it was determined that he had a hairline fracture in his problematic left foot. His injury will require 8-12 weeks for recovery although no surgery is required at this time. The Houston Rockets currently trail the Los Angeles Lakers, 2-1 in their Western Conference semifinal match-up with Game 4 scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The absence of Yao, compounded with the loss of 7’2″ Dikembe Mutombo to a knee injury in the first round, leaves the Rockets with no true center available on their roster. Luis Scola, at 6’9″ and seldom used 6’9″ Brian Cook are their tallest player available. It is anticipated that 6’8″ Carl Landry will take Yao’s spot in the line-up.
Yao Ming had been averaging 17 point and 10.5 rebounds in the playoffs. His loss will greatly affect how the Rockets match up with the taller, longer Lakers who feature 7’0″ Pau Gasol, 6’10” Lamar Odom and 7’0″ Andrew Bynum. Coach Rick Adelman commented, You can’t dwell on who’s not here. You have to dwell on who is here. These guys truly believe, if we go out and play the way we’re capable of playing, we can win a game.”