Battling duo ends the feud

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

Morris Peterson and Sam Mitchell have buried the hatchet, and not in each other's skulls. Following Toronto's 92-86 loss in San Antonio on Wednesday night, a bitter Peterson complained that his teammates were not passing him the ball enough and head coach Mitchell had not devised enough ways for him to get the ball.

Peterson, who has struggled all season on the road, had shot 0-for-6 against the Spurs and was benched in the second and fourth quarters.

However, Peterson and Mitchell met yesterday after arriving in Memphis for last night's game against the Grizzlies and agreed to let bygones be bygones, although neither could resist delivering a subtle shot.

"It's just simple frustration," Mitchell said of his starting small forward.

"That's all.

"Like I told Mo when I talked to him, he didn't come out of the game because he was 0-for-6, he came out because he got distracted with the officiating and started to make mental mistakes. You can't make mental mistakes on defence (which results in) giving up nine points on three possessions.

"At the end of the day, it's not about you and your game, it's about our team."

Mitchell admitted he was a little peeved that Peterson, who rarely complains, spewed his complaints through the media.

For his part, Peterson, who is averaging seven fewer points a game on the road than he is at home, was sorry if he upset coach Mitchell but does not regret speaking out.

"I just thought we weren't moving the ball as well as we should have and getting guys the ball, and as one of the leaders on the team, sometimes you have to voice your opinion, whether it's something everybody agrees with or not," he said.

The two combatants waved aside suggestions that team unity has been compromised this season because of the various controversies surrounding the club.

"We're trying to do the right things," Peterson said.

"I think everything that has gone on has made us stronger. We have one of the closest teams I've been around."


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