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Old 12-12-2007, 01:40 AM   #1
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Raptors guard Ford injured after flagrant foul in victory

T.J. Ford's teammates said the Toronto Raptors guard was moving before he was taken off the court on a stretcher following a scary fall late in Tuesday night's 100-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Ford, who missed the 2004-05 season with Milwaukee following neck surgery, stole the ball and was headed toward a breakaway basket when Atlanta rookie Al Horford hit his face with his hand. Ford landed hard on his back, his head bouncing off the floor.

"After a while I could see him moving and that was a relief," Toronto's Chris Bosh said, adding there was immediate concern about Ford because everyone knew his injury history.

"It turns my stomach because of who it is," Bosh said. "Like I say, we know about his situation and everything.

"He was conscious. He wasn't trying to move too much. I'm sure he was feeling pain in his arms and legs. I just hope he's OK."

Raptors spokesman Jim LaBumbard confirmed Ford "had feeling in his upper and lower extremities when he was taken off the floor."

Ford was taken to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. ESPN.com's John Hollinger reports that while the Raptors are flying back to Toronto for Wednesday's game against Dallas, assistant trainer Rory Mullin and director of basketball operations Marc Eversley are staying in Atlanta to be with Ford.

LaBumbard said it was expected Ford would remain at the hospital through the night.

Former NBA player, coach and Ford workout coach John Lucas told ESPN.com that he spoke with Ford's girlfriend, Candace Dixon, Tuesday night and that she told Lucas that Ford had feeling in his arms and legs and did have range of motion. Lucas said Dixon told him they were awaiting results of a CAT scan and that Ford didn't lose consciousness.

Toronto coach Sam Mitchell reacted with immediate anger to the hard foul and had a brief exchange of words with Atlanta coach Mike Woodson.

"We're just concerned about T.J.," Mitchell said. "There's not much more to say. We've just got to wait and see."

Horford insisted he did not try to injure Ford, who had 26 points.

"Definitely not. I'm not a dirty player," Horford said.

Horford said he was fooled by Ford's move as he went up for the layup with 1:32 left.

"When it happened with a minute and a half left, we were still down by eight [92-84]," Horford said. "He got the steal. I just tried to go and block the shot. When he went up, I went up too. He tried to use the rim and I thought he was going to stay on [one] side so I went up and tried to hit the ball and I hit his head.

"He just made a good move and fooled me."

Horford said he was alarmed by Ford's hard fall.

"When I saw his head hit twice, that's when I thought it was serious," said Horford, who was ejected with the flagrant foul.

Bosh said it didn't look like a dirty play by Horford.

"Al kind of mistimed it and hit him in his head," Bosh said. "I don't think he meant to do it on purpose. He was making a basketball play. He just got him right on his head."

Woodson spoke with Mitchell after the game.

"I just went down there to let them know our prayers are with him," Woodson said of Ford.

Players on both benches and fans were quiet as medical personnel attended to Ford.

"I'm a good friend of T.J.'s," Atlanta's Josh Smith said. "Knowing about the injury he had in Milwaukee, it kind of scared me. I started praying for him."

Toronto led 69-68 entering the final quarter but stretched the lead to 82-71 before Marvin Williams, who had 23 points, finally ended Atlanta's field goal drought with 7:30 left.

Joe Johnson also had 23 points for Atlanta.

The Hawks (10-11) were denied in their attempt to move over .500 after 20 or more games for the first time since 1998-99, their last playoff season.

Ford was 8-of-11 from the field and had 19 points as Toronto led 54-43 at halftime.

The Hawks cut into the lead with a strong third quarter but couldn't continue the strong play early in the fourth. A 3-pointer by Jose Calderon gave Toronto an 87-75 lead.

Bosh had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto.

Smith fouled out with only five points and eight rebounds with 2:45 left, one night after having 25 points and 16 rebounds in the Hawks' win at Orlando.

A layup by Smith gave Atlanta a 37-30 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Raptors closed the half on a 24-6 run for a 54-43 lead.

Johnson, who had only five points in the first half, made three 3-pointers in the third quarter. A driving jumper by Acie Law at the end of the quarter cut Toronto's lead to 69-68.

The Hawks tried to recover from their slow start to the final period. A 3-pointer by Johnson cut Toronto's lead to 90-84, but the comeback ended there.
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Old 12-12-2007, 01:41 AM   #2
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This happened once before to him, hope he is ok......
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Yeah, for all people to happen to, it happens to this guy again? Looked kinda scary on TV, hope the guy is OK.
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Yeah, for all people to happen to, it happens to this guy again? Looked kinda scary on TV, hope the guy is OK.
From the looks of it he may call it a career....
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dude, that was a complete cheap shot, I know the dude said he didn't mean to do it but I am waving the bull**** flag on that one!
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dude, that was a complete cheap shot, I know the dude said he didn't mean to do it but I am waving the bull**** flag on that one!
It's so hard to tell, because for these quick guards, they make their livings off making last second moves, getting into tight spaces, etc. I really don't see the reason why a rookie (Horford) would want to take TJ Ford out on purpose. I think they both got up in the air, TJ fooled Horford, but ultimately paid the price.
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Ford is probably the fastest guard in the NBA, or at least way up there with Iverson. He's fun to watch play, especially when he was at Texas. I have a feeling he'll be back, and he was having a sweet game too.
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It's so hard to tell, because for these quick guards, they make their livings off making last second moves, getting into tight spaces, etc. I really don't see the reason why a rookie (Horford) would want to take TJ Ford out on purpose. I think they both got up in the air, TJ fooled Horford, but ultimately paid the price.
because Ford was all over the place last night making them look a fool, especially with that high arcing floater with 2 seconds to go on the shot clock, that was friggin sweet. That and I was pissed because for some reason, I've always liked TJ.
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espn update: good news...

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Ford out of hospital, on flight back to Toronto



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Ford will be further evaluated when he arrives in Toronto. Results of an MRI, CT scan and X-rays taken in Atlanta were negative. There is no timetable for his return.
The Raptors guard, who missed the 2004-05 season following neck surgery, was headed toward a breakaway basket when Atlanta rookie Al Horford hit the guard's face with his hand. Ford landed hard, his head bouncing off the floor.
"After a while I could see him moving and that was a relief," Toronto's Chris Bosh said, adding there was immediate concern about Ford because everyone knew his injury history.
"It turns my stomach because of who it is," Bosh said. "Like I say, we know about his situation and everything.
"He was conscious. He wasn't trying to move too much. I'm sure he was feeling pain in his arms and legs. I just hope he's OK."
Raptors spokesman Jim LaBumbard confirmed Ford "had feeling in his upper and lower extremities when he was taken off the floor."
Ford was taken to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
Former NBA player, coach and Ford workout coach John Lucas told ESPN.com that he spoke with Ford's girlfriend, Candace Dixon, Tuesday night and that she told Lucas that Ford had feeling in his arms and legs and did have range of motion. Lucas said Dixon told him they were awaiting results of a CAT scan and that Ford didn't lose consciousness.
Toronto coach Sam Mitchell reacted with immediate anger to the hard foul and had a brief exchange of words with Atlanta coach Mike Woodson.
"We're just concerned about T.J.," Mitchell said. "There's not much more to say. We've just got to wait and see."
Horford insisted he did not try to injure Ford, who had 26 points.
"Definitely not. I'm not a dirty player," Horford said.
Horford said he was fooled by Ford's move as he went up for the layup with 1:32 left.
"When it happened with a minute and a half left, we were still down by eight [92-84]," Horford said. "He got the steal. I just tried to go and block the shot. When he went up, I went up too. He tried to use the rim and I thought he was going to stay on [one] side so I went up and tried to hit the ball and I hit his head.
"He just made a good move and fooled me."
Horford said he was alarmed by Ford's hard fall.
"When I saw his head hit twice, that's when I thought it was serious," said Horford, who was ejected with the flagrant foul.
Bosh said it didn't look like a dirty play by Horford.
"Al kind of mistimed it and hit him in his head," Bosh said. "I don't think he meant to do it on purpose. He was making a basketball play. He just got him right on his head."
Woodson spoke with Mitchell after the game.
"I just went down there to let them know our prayers are with him," Woodson said of Ford.
Players on both benches and fans were quiet as medical personnel attended to Ford.
"I'm a good friend of T.J.'s," Atlanta's Josh Smith said. "Knowing about the injury he had in Milwaukee, it kind of scared me. I started praying for him."
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because Ford was all over the place last night making them look a fool, especially with that high arcing floater with 2 seconds to go on the shot clock, that was friggin sweet. That and I was pissed because for some reason, I've always liked TJ.
I saw that rainbow shot on SportsCenter. He did have quite a game up to that point. I don't think it was malicious though.
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I don't know man, the more I look at it, the more I am convinced it was, as woford or whatever his name is was so far behind him, he fully extended just to reach his head. Say what he may, if his reactions are that slow to TJ moving to the other side of the rim, come on, he shouldn't be on the floor.
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I saw that rainbow shot on SportsCenter. He did have quite a game up to that point. I don't think it was malicious though.
off topic, but what was i hearing on Altitude last night that AI wants to finish his career in Denver and wants to sign a 6 year contract?
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