Monday , Jan , 30 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies, Rockets battle at FedExForum

(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets could have center Yao Ming back in the
lineup this evening when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum.

Yao, who has been sidelined since December 18 with a toe injury, will travel
with the team, but his status is unclear. The most likely scenario, though, is
that he will return on Wednesday when the Rockets host Milwaukee.

Houston slipped to 9-13 without their 7-foot-6 star on Sunday, as it was on
the wrong end of a 101-95 decision to the Miami Heat at the Toyota Center.
Tracy McGrady had 37 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Rockets, who
have dropped two in a row.

Rafer Alston tallied a season-high 26 points with seven boards for Houston,
which lost for the 10th time in 13 outings.

Houston, which will begin a brief two-game homestand after tonight’s tilt, is
11-13 away from home this season.

Memphis, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note as well after falling to the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 95-86, at home on Saturday. Pau Gasol scored 25
points with 16 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who lost for the third time in
their last four games.

Bobby Jackson added 22 points and Mike Miller donated 11 off the bench in the
loss.

Memphis, which will close a three-game homestand against the red-hot Dallas
Mavericks on Wednesday, is 14-7 in its arena this season. After that the Grizz
start a six-game, 10-day road trip.

Houston has lost twice already this season to the Grizzlies and have dropped
three of the last four and six of the last 10 meetings. The Rockets have also
lost two straight, four of five and seven of nine as the visitor in this
series.

HOU MEM