Mo no road warrior

Mike Koreen

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell can't figure out why Morris Peterson is so much better at home than on the road. While the team is 12-5 at the Air Canada Centre as opposed to 2-17 away from Toronto, Peterson's numbers are perhaps even more spread out.

At home, Peterson is averaging 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and shooting .500 from the field. On the road, he is averaging 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and shooting .327 from the field.

"Maybe he's trying too hard on road, that's the only thing I can think of," Mitchell said before his team played the 76ers last night in Philadelphia. "He works hard, I know gets his rest and I know he's very committed to the season -- just look at the shape he came into camp (in). Maybe it's just confidence. every night you turn on the TV and you're like, 'Whoa. So and so got beat and they were on the road. He plays hard on the road."

ROAD WARRIOR

While the road may not be kind to his team, Mitchell didn't mind heading away from home as a player.

In fact, it might be beneficial for some of the Raptors to adopt the coach's attitude.

"I loved playing on the road," Mitchell said. "To me, it was fun playing on the road. There were no expectations on the road. You weren't supposed to win on the road anyway. To me the pressure is playing at home because people expect you to win at home ... Being on the road, nobody expects you to win anyway, so you've just got to go out, let it hang out and play."

TAKE IT EASY

In a rare move, Mitchell cancelled morning shootaround yesterday, which the Raptors have had every road game this season. Mitchell called off the morning session after his players already were on the bus. The Raptors do not have morning shootaround on game days at home.

BRIEFLY

Only two players from the Raptors (Alvin Williams and Morris Peterson) and the 76ers (Allen Iverson and Aaron McKie) were with the squads back in 2001 when they squared off in an Eastern Conference semi-final.


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