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Yao Ming Breaks Leg (Photo, Video)

Yao Ming’s bone bruise turned out to be much more.

Yao Ming will miss at least six weeks after fracturing the bone under his right knee in Houston’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Yao was leaping for a blocked shot as Chuck Hayes and Tim Thomas hit the floor beneath him. Yao’s knee appeared to get caught under Thomas’ body and Yao immediately grabbed his knee and screamed in pain. Yao was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where an MRI test revealed a fracture of Yao’s right tibial plateau, trainer Keith Jones said.

PHOTO Yao Ming Breaks Leg David J. Phillip/AP Photo Yao Ming winces in pain after injuring his right knee against the Clippers. The Rockets initially said Yao had only suffered a bone bruise. Now, Jones said he hopes the injury will not require surgery. “It’s a non-displaced fracture, so nothing is way out of the way or out of whack,” Jones said. “We think he’ll do well with just rest. An option would be to do something more, but we’re hoping that won’t need to be done.”

Without Yao, the Rockets lost to the Clippers 98-93.

The injury ruins the best start of Yao’s career. He was averaging 27 points and nine rebounds — both career bests — and had topped 30 points in four consecutive games before scoring 22 in Friday’s 97-78 victory at San Antonio.

Truly a shame. I’m at best a casual fan of the NBA but you hate to see great players injured.

ESPN has video here.

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