Shane Battier out for rest of season

Rockets F Shane Battier is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season for precautionary reasons relating to the sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee which he sustained at New York on March 21.

After consulting with the Rockets medical team, a mutual decision was reached to keep Battier out of action for the team’s remaining five games.

The eighth-year veteran is expected to make a full recovery and be available to commence his usual offseason training program with no limitations beginning in mid-April.

The NBA regular season ends in one week, on April 14.