Yao's foot OK, bone scan shows

Yao Ming missed 79 games during the past three seasons with three different injuries.

This time, the Houston Rockets' 7-foot-6 center was confident that missing time wasn't in the cards.

"It a little bit scared me [that] after the MRI they told me, 'You have to do another bone scan?' " Yao said Sunday, according to the Houston Chronicle. "But I knew this wasn't that bad because I know the feeling on my left. I still remember how my left foot felt last year. It was pretty bad."

Yao was cleared Sunday to play Monday night when the Rockets face the host New Orleans Hornets in a bid to move back into third place in the West.

Yao had sat out Friday night's 113-109 victory at Golden State with a sore right foot, and a bone scan Sunday confirmed the seventh-year veteran wasn't injured.

"Sore, not pain," he said, according to the Chronicle.

The Rockets finish the regular season Wednesday in Dallas.

Yao missed 26 games last season with a stress fracture in his left foot, 32 games in 2006-07 with a fractured right tibia and 21 games during the 2005-06 season with a toe infection that required surgery.

"He's fine," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said Sunday. "He didn't do anything today. They think tomorrow, he is going to be fine.

"I think any big guy who has had problems, when something happens, you're always worried about them."