Just a few minutes ago in the first quarter Yao came down after trying to block a shot by LA Clipper Tim Thomas, and hurt his knee. Yao was in extreme pain holding on to his knee for a few minutes while writhing on the floor. I have never seen him in so much pain.
Here’s what happened: Chuck Hayes was falling underneath him (he was charged into by Thomas), and as Yao came down his leg got hit by Hayes accidentally, making him land wrong. At minimum it’s a hyperextension, but by looking at the pain on Yao’s face, it looks much more serious. To add insult to injury, Hayes was called for a blocking foul when it was clearly a charge, sending Thomas to the line.
The air came out of Toyota Center after Yao was helped off the court and into the locker room. But give the Rockets credit for keeping focused and maintaining a 23-22 lead after the first quarter.
More to come later.