Tracy McGrady Reportedly Done for Year
That's kind of Alexander to say, but it seems there's another reason why McGrady won't be dealt: ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported Tuesday evening that McGrady informed him that he'll miss the rest of the season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee. Anyone who saw McGrady get stuffed by the rim on a dunk attempt last week can't possibly be surprised.
Losing McGrady obviously hurts Houston's playoff chances, though it's worth pointing out the team is 13-6 without him this year. Surprising? Well, even when in the lineup McGrady has been a shell of his former self -- he's averaged just 15.6 points per game, six fewer than last season and nine fewer than two years ago.
With that in mind, losing McGrady is hardly a death knell to Houston's playoff chances -- to replace him the Rockets can simply shift Ron Artest to shooting guard and start Shane Battier and Luis Scola at the forward spots. That lineup is tough as nails defensively, and when they need scoring, they can simply unleash Von Wafer (who scored 19 in 28 minutes against the Nets on Tuesday) off the bench.The Rockets are a shade below the elite teams in the West, but they were even before McGrady went down.