HOUSTON (AP) -Rockets guard Tracy McGrady is expected to miss about a week after straining his right elbow against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
``It's definitely good news,'' McGrady said after the Rockets' 93-90 loss. ``I actually thought it could have been a lot worse than it was.''
The 6-foot-8 McGrady, taken to a hospital for tests, was hurt trying to swat the ball away from Luke Walton in the final minute of the second quarter. McGrady's arm hit Walton's arm and snapped backward.
McGrady was fouled by Kwame Brown seconds earlier and shot two free throws left-handed, making the first and badly missing the second. McGrady said he momentarily lost feeling in his fingers.
``When I got to the hospital, I started getting feeling back in my hands,'' McGrady said. ``It was very painful.''
Team doctor Tom Clanton examined the results of an MRI exam on McGrady's elbow and said McGrady was ``day to day.''
``We will see each day how much he has improved,'' Clanton said. ``Just based on an educational guess, from what I see so far, I would expect that it's a week at this point.''
Clanton said he hadn't seen all of the MRI results. He said he would examine the rest of the images with a muscular-skeletal radiologist.
McGrady was the NBA's leading scorer coming into the game, averaging 29 points. He has been plagued by injuries the last two seasons, mostly to his back. He missed 11 games last season, seven because of back spasms.
He said one of his goals for this season was to play in every game.
``For this injury to occur in this game, it's heartbreaking and disappointing,'' he said. ``There's not a lot I can do except sit back and wait to see how it feels.''

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