Knicks' McGrady rests due to soreness

NEW YORK -- Tracy McGrady is sitting out the Knicks' game against Atlanta because of soreness.

McGrady had played all nine games since New York acquired him from Houston at last month's trade deadline, but decided to rest Monday night in the Knicks' third game in four nights.

McGrady is still trying to get in shape after playing only limited minutes in six games in December after returning from microfracture knee surgery in February 2009. Coach Mike D'Antoni said McGrady will tell him when he's ready to return, likely Wednesday at San Antonio.

Sergio Rodriguez and Bill Walker started in the Knicks' backcourt.