Ford's status unclear

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Conspicuous by his absence at yesterday's practice was point guard T.J. Ford, who sprained his right wrist (shooting hand) in Monday's 93-88 loss to the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

Ford played fewer than nine minutes against the defending NBA champions and was not successful on any of his four shots from the field.

The team lists Ford as day to day, meaning his status for tonight will be determined at game time.

Since his return following a two-month injury absence (shoulder/neck), Ford hasn't looked to score as he did when he was healthy.

Heading into Monday's match, Ford had averaged 4.3 points in three games, but more importantly he had a Jose Calderon-like 11.5 turnover-to-assist ratio.

SAM'S THE MAN

Assistant coach Mike Evans, who filled in for Sam Mitchell against the Spurs, said the team's coach is doing well as Mitchell deals with the death of his father-in-law.

When asked about Mitchell's spirits, Evans said: "As well as can be expected. He's there (in Georgia) supporting his wife and her family.

"He's doing what husbands and fathers do."

Jay Triano will serve in Mitchell's absence tonight. Mitchell is expected to rejoin the team next week.

For those keeping score, Monday's loss officially falls on Mitchell's record.

BREAK-EVEN POINT

The Raptors are hoping to bounce back from Monday's loss by heading into the all-star break on a winning note.

"We want to feel good going into the all-star break,'' Calderon said.

"We get a win and everybody will be more relaxed. We'll be able to rest a little bit better."


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