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Tracy McGrady To 'Shut It Down'

by Ryan Hudson

In the Houston Chronicle's recap to last night's Rockets' win over the Oklahoma City Thunder (still getting used to that), the tease was "T-Mac hurts knee; Artest, Yao injure their ankles." It was a rough win, to say the least.

Tracy McGrady sat on the bench during the second half, with a towel draped on his shoulders. The Big Sleep had surgery to clean up his knee during the off-season, and it now may be time to "shut it down," according to him.

"My knee gave out on me," McGrady said. "They told me if I was to go back in, and they saw me limping they were going to take me back out. I was like, "Well, that’s what you’re pretty much going to see.’ My knee is feeling right. I hate to do this, but I’m going to get an MRI tomorrow and until, further notice, I’m going to have to shut it down.

"Tonight, I went back to square one, like before even surgery. I’ve always been feeling it, but tonight, before that particular play, I came up and it just gave out on me. I’ve been trying to work my way into playing shape and strengthen my leg. I’ve never been 100 percent. I’ve just been hoping playing on it would put me over the edge and I won’t have any more pain, but it hasn’t worked."

With McGrady expected to go for an MRI today, the already struggling Houston offense (averaging 92.3 ppg, 26th in the NBA) could be on its way from bad to worse.