November 22, 2017

Yao Ming to miss rest of NBA Playoffs with broken foot

2009/05/10 2:09 am 2:09 am2:09 am2:09 am 7 comments

Yao Ming spins around Pau Gasol (Getty Images)Yao Ming limped around the court near the end of the fourth quarter of Houston’s 108-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

It was apprent the 7-6 center was trying to play through the pain.

An MRI examination of Yao’s foot Saturday night revealed that the Chinese center suffered a hairline fracture.  Though he would not require surgery, it would take between 8-12 weeks for the foot to heal.

With roughly three minutes remaining in game three, Yao Ming missed a fallaway jumpshot over Pau Gasol and landed awkwardly.

You could see as Yao Ming winced as he made his way down the other side of the court to play defense.  Even though this seemed to be the point in which Yao was noticebly limping afterwards, Yao said that he didn’t know when the injury actually happened.

Yao Ming has had several issues with his leg and feet the last three seasons;  At the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Yao developed Osteomyelitis in the big toe on his left foot.  Surgery was performed on the toe in December 2005.  Yao would return that same season, but would break the fifth metatarsal in his foot and missed the entire 2005-06 playoffs.

Only a couple of months into the next season (2006-07), Yao would suffer a broken right knee that would cost him nearly half of that season.

Last year, in February 2008, Yao sustained a stress fracture in his foot and missed the 2007-08 playoffs, but returned in time to play for host China in the Olympics.

Now with this year’s injury, Yao Ming will have been injured for three of the last four NBA Playoffs that Houston has participated in.

As mentioned in this Washington Post article, Yao Ming’s absence is another big injury that has severely altered the NBA Playoff landscape.

In addition to Yao Ming, this year’s playoffs are missing several key players due to injuries including Yao’s teammate Tracy McGrady, Boston’s Kevin Garnett, San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili, and Washington’s Gilbert Arenas.

Not to mention Jameer Nelson of Orlando, Luol Deng of Chicago, New Orleans’ Tyson Chandler, Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Andrew Bynum, who returned to the Lakers for their series against the Houston Rockets.

Without their foundation, the Rockets will try to even up the series with the Lakers on Sunday.

Links and Resources: Postseason Rocked By Another Big Injury (Washington Post), Ginobili out for season, playoffs with foot injury (Interbasket)

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