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Good Night, Yao

Houston, we have a problem.

Well, at the very least, the Rockets certainly do.

From ESPN:

Yao Ming's season reportedly is over.

KRIV-TV in Houston and The Houston Chronicle are reporting that Yao has a stress fracture in his left foot and the Rockets are expected to announce he will have season-ending surgery later Tuesday.

Not cool.  Not at all.

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Just days ago in this space, we made note of the fact that timing has never been my strong suit.  Once again, that truth prevails.

The same day I praise the improved play of Rafer Alston and predict further vaulting in the standings for the Rockets, the hottest team in the Association loses one of its two most crucial players for the long haul.   Ay caramba.

This will only make increased production from Alston and his role-playing cohorts more crucial than ever.

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