Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will be out the rest of the season and post-season with a stress fracture in his sore left foot.
Yao was examined after Monday's practice at Memorial Hermann Hospital and met Rockets team physician Dr. Tom Clanton to go over the test results.
The Rockets confirmed the news this afternoon.
"It is not an injury we feel he can play with,'' Rockets team doctor Tom Clanton said.
"I've made the recommendation that it be treated surgically and we are working with him to get other opinions just to be certain that that is indeed what should be done.''
The Rockets (36-20) have won 12 consecutive games since losing the one game Yao has missed this season. Yao averaged 22 points and 10.8 rebounds this season.