Posted May 1st, 2007 by Brian
Filed under: Basketball

TJ Ford hurt in playoff game against New Jersey NetsFormer Longhorn TJ Ford went down with a neck/back injury in tonight’s Raptors’ playoff game:

Toronto Raptors point guard T.J. Ford was admitted to a Toronto hospital Tuesday after leaving an Eastern Conference playoff game against the New Jersey Nets with what team officials said was a “stinger.”

Ford left Game 5 of the quarter-final series with 29.7 seconds left in the first quarter after former Raptor Vince Carter fell on top of him in a scramble for the ball. He lay face down on the floor for a couple of minutes before being helped to his feet.

Raptors officials said he was taken to hospital to undergo precautionary tests.

Ford was born with spinal stenosis (narrowing of spaces in the spine that results in pressure on the spinal cord and on nerve roots) and missed all of the 2004-05 due to a back injury. Hopefully this really was just precautionary and T.J. makes a quick recovery.


Update: TJ was in good enough condition that he was able to return to the team bench before the end of the game. No status update for Friday’s game yet.


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