Thursday , Nov , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

McGrady to sit out Thursday’s game versus Minnesota

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Houston Rockets All-Star guard Tracy McGrady
will not play in Thursday’s home game versus Minnesota because of a strained
hip flexor and groin strain.

McGrady has been bothered by the injuries for nearly a week and felt pain
shooting from the groin to his right hip during this past Tuesday’s game
versus Memphis. It grew worse when he landed awkwardly after making a first-
half jumper and became unbearable after he collided with the Grizzlies’ Shane
Battier in the second half.

Team trainer Keith Jones said McGrady is out for tonight and will be “day-to-
day” from there.

In five games this season, the 25-year-old McGrady is averaging 20.8 points,
5.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest.

The Rockets acquired McGrady, the two-time defending scoring champion,
along with forward Juwan Howard and guards Tyronn Lue and Reece Gaines from
Orlando in June in exchange for guards Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley and
forward/center Kelvin Cato.