After the Raptors' 105-93 victory against the New York Knicks on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said that over the past week or so, fifth-year swingman Morris Peterson has been playing "the best I ever have seen him play."
"I'm playing with a lot more confidence and I think everything is starting to come together," Peterson said. "There have been nights when my defence was good, but I was struggling with my scoring, maybe I wasn't getting my legs into my shot. I'm starting to understand what it takes in order to play at both ends.
"It's all about getting experience. I know there are some (offensive) plays where I can rest a little bit instead of going 110 miles per hour all the time, and I can conserve energy out there on the offensive end. And then when I'm playing well defensively, I think my offence comes along."
According to Mitchell, Peterson seems to have learned to let the game come to him.
"Early in the season, when we had Jalen (Rose) and Vince (Carter), and Mo wasn't starting, it's tough to get minutes and tough to get in a rhythm," Mitchell said. "I'm sure Mo was sitting on the bench watching Jalen and Vince, and he felt as if he had to do something (right away) to stay on the floor.
"I know he had a horrendous road stretch, but I told him, 'Mo, just play. I'm going to play you. You're going to play 35 minutes. Don't look over your shoulder when you make a mistake. When I want to take you out, I'll call for you. When I want to yell at you, I'll yell your name.'
"I tell our guys, if you're looking at me all the time, that's telling me you're not sure of yourself and you want to come out of the game. So don't look at me, even when you make a mistake."
The Raptors did not practise yesterday ... The club and its charitable foundation will hold the annual wrap-up dinner at the Air Canada Centre tonight.