Houston Community News >> Yao Out with Broken Leg

12/24/2006 HOUSTON -- Yao Ming will miss at least six weeks after fracturing the bone under his right knee in Houston's 98-93 loss to 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. An MRI test revealed a fracture on Yao's right tibial plateau.

The Rockets said they hope the injury will not require surgery.

Yao is off to the best start of his career, averaging 27 points and nine rebounds.

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