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Steve Buffery -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:18 AM ET

PETERSON SEES STOCK FALL

When his starters started dropping like flies, Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill was hoping that forward Morris Peterson would step up and help fill the void.

Unfortunately for O'Neill and the club, Peterson has struggled mightily since Jalen Rose, Alvin Williams and Vince Carter went down with injuries (Carter returned this week). Given his play this season, Peterson's stock around the league has fallen dramatically, which is not good news, given that he will become a restricted free agent when the season is over.

In his past nine games, Peterson has shot an agonizing 28% from the field (20-for-71). In 15 starts, when the Raptors really needed him, the fourth-year Rap has a shooting percentage of .359, averaging 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. Overall this season, Peterson is shooting .402 from the field.

Talk about poor shooting, Milt Palacio, the team's starting point guard these days with all the injuries, is hitting on only 35.4% from the field and 16% from three-point land.

ISIAH EXPECTED TO PASS

One of the big questions coming into tonight's game against New York is whether the Raptors faithful will boo former Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens when he's introduced as the Knicks coach. Wilkens was let go last season after Toronto went 24-58.

Raptors fans will only have Wilkens to kick around tonight as Knicks president Isiah Thomas, the Raptor's original GM, is not expected to join his team in T.O. When Thomas returned to Toronto as the coach of Indiana, the ACC faithful really gave it to him.

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING

Perhaps the Raptors aren't as bad off as everyone thinks. The Raps sit seventh overall in the Eastern Conference and the Boston Celtics currently hold the last playoff spot, in eighth (heading into last night's games). The Celtics are clearly panicking, having brought in former Rap bench guy Mengke Bateer for a workout this week. Bateer was arguably the biggest bust of the season for the Raps.

AROUND THE RIM

Here's an interesting stat. Forward Lamond Murray is shooting 35.4% from the field and 35.6% from outside the arc ... If the Raptors hold the Knicks to under 100 points tonight, they will tie a franchise record of 22 games for consecutive holding an opponent to fewer than 100.


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