McGrady says knee injury needs additional time to heal

Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets were hopeful the team's leading scorer was "day to day" as first thought. It looks, though, as if he needs considerable time out of the lineup to recover from a sore left knee.

McGrady told the Houston Chronicle on Sunday that it's more likely he will need as many as three weeks to recuperate because of a "deep bone bruise." He's missed Houston's last two games, will sit out Monday night against Golden State and doesn't expect to suit up for games against Boston on Wednesday and Orlando on Friday.

"I'm the same," McGrady told the Chronicle. "They told me three weeks. I don't have a timetable. I can't do anything about it. It's not tendinitis. It's a deep bone bruise. I'm just doing therapy every day. I lost the strength in my leg. I'll see how I feel toward the end of the week, but Boston, doubtful, Orlando, doubtful."

As far as timetables go, if McGrady misses the following two weeks, the Rockets are looking at seven more games without him.

"He's making good progress," trainer Keith Jones said, according to the Chronicle. "He's got the pain out. He's gotten stronger. We'll just take it day to day after tomorrow."

An MRI exam performed one week ago revealed swollen tendons in McGrady's knee, but no structural damage.

McGrady is averaging 22.8 points per game and also leads the Rockets with 5.1 assists per game.

Also, the Rockets announced that guard Steve Francis will be out indefinitely with bi-lateral quadricep tendinitis and guard Kirk Snyder was given an excused absence from Monday's game for personal reasons.

Francis has played in only 10 games with the Rockets this season and is averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 assists.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.