Jordan left in the second quarter Tuesday after scoring four points in 15 minutes.
Jordan will be evaluated Wednesday, and coach Doug Collins said
it will be a game-time decision to determine whether Jordan will
play in that night's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jordan hasn't missed a game this season.
Jordan appeared to hurt himself when he twisted his body just
before making a pass near the free-throw line in the second
quarter. He stumbled as he started to run downcourt and left the
game during the next stoppage of play, with 4:34 left in the
Jordan put his hand on his lower back as he walked into the
tunnel toward the locker room. He scored four points in 15 minutes.
The Wizards had their biggest lead, 40-33, when Jordan left the
game, but the Raptors rallied to win 89-86.
Jordan left before the locker room was opened to reporters after
the game, and he wasn't available for comment.
Ironically, this was supposed to be Jordan's 40th birthday game,
which had been scheduled for Feb. 17. It was postponed because of a
"That's how fate works," Collins said. "We shouldn't even
have been playing."
That means the Wizards are playing six games in nine days, but
Jordan told his coach not to try to save him in what he has said
will be his last season.
Collins said Jordan told him, "Don't treat me like there's
going to be something left at the end."
"Michael wants to play every game as if it's his last, and
that's the way we're going to do it," Collins said. "If we're in
a game we've got a chance to win and I tell Michael, 'I'm going to
sit you down four minutes to rest,' I'm going to be lasered."
Jordan is averaging 19.7 points. He has played with extra
intensity over the last few weeks, trying to get to the playoffs
one more time. Before Tuesday night's game, he was averaging 27.3
points and 43.8 minutes since turning 40.
Jordan missed 22 games last season with knee injuries, mostly
from the wear and tear of working himself into shape for his second
comeback from retirement.
Last week, Jordan was hit just above his surgically repaired
right knee in a collision with Indiana's Reggie Miller.
Jordan began wearing a black compression stocking on his right
leg to control swelling, but he didn't miss a start and scored 35
points in 50 minutes two nights later in an overtime victory over
Tuesday night's loss, combined with Milwaukee's 100-91 win at
Miami, dropped the Wizards (29-31) a game behind the Bucks for the
eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.