Two in pain get plane

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

Injured Raptors T.J. Ford and Jorge Garbajosa arrived back in Toronto together last night after spending time in different U.S. hospitals.

Ford was hit in the face at Philips Arena on Tuesday by Atlanta's Al Horford when he went up for a layup and crashed to the hardwood. He was tested and released yesterday morning from Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital.

Garbajosa underwent surgery on his left leg and ankle Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore and has been instructed not to put any weight on the leg for a minimum of ten weeks.

"We had a plane fly down and pick up (Ford) and a couple of (team) representatives in Atlanta and fly up to Baltimore and pick up Jorge," Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo said.

Colangelo said that the Raptors organization is not demanding any more punishment for Horford, other than the Flagrant II foul that was levelled against him when the play happened.

"Horford feels awful about it, he spent a couple hours at the hospital with him (Tuesday) night, and true to T.J.'s form he was probably doing more of the consoling," Colangelo said. "I think the kid was pretty shaken up about it and felt awful. And I don't think there was any situation there where there was any intention of doing any harm."

Colangelo said yesterday that he is not at liberty to discus the insurance implications surrounding Garbajosa's surgery.

The Spanish basketball federation took out an insurance policy on Garbajosa this summer so he could play at the European championships after Raptors physicians recommended surgery, but now that he has undergone surgery, it is likely that the Raptors stand to have most of Garbajosa's salary paid by the insurer. However, the amount is still being negotiated.


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