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McGrady wants to play; Rockets say no

Updated: November 21, 2009, 12:16 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Tracy McGrady is eager to play. The Houston Rockets say he'll have to wait.

The seven-time All-Star had microfracture surgery on his left knee in February, but insisted before Friday night's game against the streaking Atlanta Hawks that he's fully recovered.

"Right now, I could play," he said.

Not so fast. The Rockets believe McGrady needs more time and would risk hurting his knee again if he comes back too soon. The next step is an MRI exam on Monday.

"We ...

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