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Yao Ming out for the rest of the season with broken foot

IMHO this is a death blow to anyt hopes the Houston Rockets had for playoff success. From AP-

Yao Ming will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a broken left foot.

The Houston center limped off the court late in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 108-94 victory over the Rockets on Friday night. Yao missed Saturday’s practice to get treatment and the team said the 7-foot-6 All-Star would be re-evaluated on Sunday.

After finally making it out of the first round, Yao Ming couldn’t reach the end of the second. His season is over after medical examinations revealed a stress fracture in his left foot. Story

But the Rockets announced later Saturday night that further examination of Yao’s injury revealed a hairline fracture. The Rockets say Yao will need 8-12 weeks to recover, though no surgery is required.

The Rockets and Lakers play Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday. The Lakers lead the series 2-1.

Yao had 19 points and 14 rebounds in Friday’s loss, his sixth straight double-double. But he was noticeably limping by the fourth quarter and finally hobbled off the court in the final minute, with the outcome decided.

Am I wrong in thinking, that the really big men of the NBA have problems with foot injuries? I don’t follow the sport alot, but it always seems to me the 7′ tall or higher players like Yao have trouble staying healthy. Yao has been seriously hurt on at least one other occasion.

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