T.J. Ford has a bunion on his right big toe and was unable to take part in yesterday morning's shootaround at the Ford Center. He did, however, play in last night's game against the New Orleans Hornets.
"You have to play through pain, right? You have a headache and still come to work. That's how I feel," he said.
"Everybody plays with injuries in the NBA. You just have to be tough mentally and go out and not worry about it," he said. "I don't think it's something that's going to bother me all year, as long as we stay on top of it and treat it."
Veteran swingman Morris Peterson is still recovering from a partial tear of the tendon in his left elbow and did not dress last night. First-year forward Kris Humphries, who was placed on the inactive list on Nov.20 with a right ankle sprain, was activated while forward Uros Slokar was placed on the inactive list.
The NBA completed a review of the Toronto's loss to the Hawks in Atlanta last Friday night and ruled that, while a mistake was indeed made with the scoring, the score stands.
Ford scored on a layup with four minutes left in the game, but the Atlanta scorekeepers mistakenly withheld the two points. The Hawks ended up winning the game 97-93 and if the game played out the same way without the scoreboard screw-up, Atlanta still would have won 97-95. But the mistake dramatically affected the sequence of events and if the score was right all along, the game would have been tied with 27 seconds left, giving Toronto a legitimate chance to win.
A pair of Raptors are climbing up the NBA Rookie Rankings.
Forward Jorge Garbajosa is currently ranked sixth overall in the rankings, which combines a number of offensive stats, including points, rebounds, assists per game and field goal percentage. After a solid week, Andrea Bargnani has climbed to 10th overall. Garbajosa is beginning to look like a shoo-in to take part in the NBA All-Star weekend, Feb.16-18, in Las Vegas. Garbajosa is third overall in rookie rebounds (5.5 per game) and seventh in scoring (7.6).