For the first time since he left the floor in Sacramento on March 7, Luis Scola sounded confident he would return, despite his best efforts to control his optimism.
Scola, who missed the Rockets' last four games with a sore left knee, went through Thursday's light practice and will test it again at today's shootaround in hopes of playing tonight against the Boston Celtics at Toyota Center.
"We're definitely doing everything we can to try, but we didn't test it all the way to the end," the 6-9 forward said. "I am tempted to say I'm pretty close to coming back, but they are going to be angry with me if I say so. We need to do more tomorrow, see how it reacts. I'd like to be optimistic, but I have to be a little cautious with what I say. We're doing everything we can to be ready to play (tonight).
Our chances of an easy win would be much better without Scola than with him. He's the type of player that can make life real difficult for the C's.