HOUSTON -- Just when things were looking up for the Houston
Rockets, the NBA club gets the bad news: All-Star center Yao Ming
has a stress fracture in his left foot and is done for the season.
Yao is averaging 22 points and 10.8 rebounds for the Rockets,
who have won 12 straight games headed into this evening's contest
against the visiting Washington Wizards.
The Rockets' run has boosted them into seventh place in the
Western Conference race. Their 36-and-20 record is two and a-half
games better than Golden State, which holds the eighth and final
playoff berth as it stands now.