Monday , Jan , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets continue to disappoint

(Sports Network) – Injuries have been too much for the Houston Rockets to
overcome this season, as the club is a dismal 13-26 and is in last place in
the Southwest Division.

Houston is 17 games out of first place in the Southwest and looks like they
are headed towards the lottery.

The Rockets will try and rebound from a tough loss on Monday when they visit
the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. It is the first of two contests
between the clubs this season. The Rockets will host Milwaukee on February 1st
at the Bradley Center.

Houston has won three of four and four of the its six meetings against the
Bucks. These two teams have split the last 10 meetings at Milwaukee.

On Sunday, Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton scored 24 points apiece as
Detroit edged the Rockets, 99-97, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Tracy McGrady poured in a game-high 43 points along with nine rebounds and
five assists in the loss to the Bucks for Houston, which has lost seven of its
last eight games overall. Juwan Howard posted 16 points and 12 rebounds in
defeat, while Rafer Alston posted 13 points and David Wesley added 10.

The Rockets, who play the finale of a three-game road trip, are 10-13 on the
road this season. They defeated the Chicago Bulls, 109-108, in double-overtime
on Friday at the United Center.

McGrady, who leads the team in scoring (26.3 ppg) and has missed 13 contests
because of injuries this season, is averaging 39 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.5
assists in his last two contests. The Rockets are 0-13 when McGrady is not in
the lineup in the campaign.

Forward Stromile Swift (eye) and guards Jon Barry (calf) and Moochie Norris
(foot) are doubtful for Monday’s game against Milwaukee. Center Yao Ming (toe)
and guards Bob Sura (knee) and Derek Anderson (calf) are sidelined
indefinitely.

Yao last played on December 17th against the Los Angeles Clippers at the
Staples Center. The All-Star center was averaging 19.9 points and a team-
best9.0 rebounds before he was sidelined with his injury. The Rockets are 4-13
since Yao’s injury.

Houston is 7-1 when it scores 100 or more points this season.

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