Artest hurt at home

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest suffered a concussion and injured his left elbow after falling at his home.

Artest did not travel with the Lakers to yesterday's game at Sacramento after tripping over a box and falling down a flight of stairs at his home on Christmas night, the team said in a news release.

He was treated at UCLA Medical Center, undergoing a CT scan and receiving stitches in the back of his head and his elbow. A neurologist examined him yesterday and confirmed he had a concussion, the team said. Artest is day to day.

Artest scored 13 points and fouled out while guarding LeBron James in the Lakers' 102-87 loss to Cleveland earlier Friday. He is averaging 12.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season with Los Angeles after signing as a free agent.

McGrady benched

Although Tracy McGrady said last week he was ready for more playing time with Houston, the Rockets decided to rest him for at least two games, the Houston Chronicle reported.

He has seen limited action after returning Dec. 15 from microfracture surgery on his knee midway through last season.

- Inquirer wire services