Raptors feel Garbo's pain

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

BOSTON -- The Raptors sat inside the visiting locker room in stunned silence following yesterday's 95-87 loss to the Boston Celtics, as they tried to come to terms with the devastating leg injury suffered by teammate Jorge Garbajosa.

Garbajosa twisted his left leg after crashing to the court late in the fourth quarter and was rushed to a local hospital with a suspected fracture and will likely be lost for the season.

"I've been there, I know what it feels like. I missed a year and a half, and it's definitely something I don't wish on any player," said point guard T.J. Ford, who missed the 2004-05 NBA season after suffering a bruised spinal cord when he crashed to the floor in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 24, 2004.

"We're just praying that it's not as bad as it looked," Morris Peterson said.

Garbajosa has been an unsung hero for the Raptors as they drive toward the playoffs, averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds this season, while also being a steadying influence on defence.

"He brings so much to the table. On the defensive end, on the offensive end, his intelligence, his knowledge of the game," Ford said. "This is definitely going to hurt us."

The Raptors are now without Garbajosa, along with rookie forward Andrea Bargnani, who had his appendix removed last week, for an extended period of time. Shooting guard Juan Dixon was unable to play last night because of a sore neck and Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon and Anthony Parker, have all just returned from ankle injuries. Calderon, who plays with Garbajosa on the Spanish national team, was too shook up to comment on his friend's injury last night.

"It seems like the last week or two we've been dropping like flies," Peterson said. "But that's part of the game and we're just trying to finish the season off strong."


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