Yao sidelined with respiratory ailment

January 27, 2008 4:08:49 PM PST
Houston center Yao Ming missed the Rockets' game tonight against Utah with an upper respiratory infection. The 7-foot-6 Yao, voted the starting center for the Western Conference for the All-Star game on Feb. 17, told team officials he felt sick when he arrived at the Toyota Center for a workout this morning.

Yao, leading the Rockets with 22.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, had started every game this season.

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