Peterson: MoPeeved

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Raptors forward Morris Peterson couldn't hit the broad side of a barn last night at the SBC Center, but his shot at head coach Sam Mitchell certainly hit the target.

Peterson was livid after Toronto's 92-86 loss the San Antonio Spurs, not so much because of the loss, but because he felt he was ignored by his teammates on the court.

The result, he said, of unimaginative play selection.

Peterson took six shots from the field all night, missing all of them, and played a grand total of 17 minutes as a starter. He did not play at all in the second and fourth quarter and lashed out at coach Mitchell afterward.

"I'm upset," the normally mild-mannered Peterson said. "I don't play in the second quarter and I have to come out in the third quarter and I'm not loose."

Peterson's unhappiness was twofold.

He was upset Mitchell sat him out in the second and fourth, and even more angry that he hardly saw the ball all night as the starting small forward.

"You have to move the ball and get guys involved. I feel like I'm out there in the game, but I'm not involved in it," he said.

"This was a good comeback, but we can't keep playing with a guy (himself) standing in a corner all day and the other team doesn't have to work on defence against that guy. It's hard for me to go and play defence when the guy (guarding me) is not tired because he's not chasing me around."

Peterson has played very well for the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre this season, averaging 15.1 points while shooting 48% from the field.

On the road, however, it's a different story.

There, he is averaging 8.5 points and is shooting 32%. Peterson suggested that, at home, he is seeing the ball more often but, for whatever reason, is not as involved on the road.

"We have no plays where guys move, we just stand in one spot like we did last year," he said, adding that he is going to have a talk with Mitchell.

"I don't know what to say (but) I definitely want to talk to him."


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