Mo to get starting role

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Like Mick Jagger, Morris Peterson can belt out Start me up in the shower this morning.

Perhaps that will get Mo Pete primed for his first start of the season.

Disappointed with the Raptors' franchise-worst 0-5 start and his inconsistent minutes coming off the bench, Peterson will replace rookie forward Joey Graham in the starting lineup today when the limping Seattle SuperSonics visit the Air Canada Centre.

TALKS WITH COACH

"Coach and I talked (yesterday) morning. I didn't want to say I'm mad about my playing time. I'm still getting the same minutes," said Peterson, who vented a bit after going 0-for-5 in 20 minutes during a 99-84 loss against the Utah Jazz on Friday at the ACC.

"It's just frustrating starting 0-5 and getting in the situations we are. (He) just felt like we needed some changes."

So in Game No. 6 of the season, coach Sam Mitchell will employ his fourth starting combination of the short campaign. While Graham hasn't looked out of place playing against an impressive bunch of all-star forwards, his minutes have decreased in recent games. With Graham in the second unit, Mitchell believes the Oklahoma State product might have more chances to impose his will.

"He'll probably get more opportunities (to) get out and run a little bit more (and) use his athletic ability," said Mitchell, who also thinks Graham could average more minutes coming off the bench. "Maybe that will take a little pressure off him. It's a lot to ask a rookie to step in and start."

Peterson, who was the most consistent Raptor this season until his poor outing Friday, elevated his game toward the end of last season as a regular starter. While he bought into Mitchell's plan to use him as a go-to veteran on the team's inexperienced second unit, the team might as well shake things up a bit, considering its winless standing.

"My whole thing is I want to do whatever I can to help us win and guys have to make sacrifices, but we also have to win," said Peterson, who started 61 games last season.

REALISTIC OPPORTUNITY

Speaking of winning, today might present a realistic opportunity to notch that elusive W. The Sonics (1-4) are coming off a 137-96 loss against the Washington Wizards on Friday, the team's worst loss in 13 years, and have lost three consecutive games by more than 20 points for the first time in franchise history.

"We basically have to kick them while they're down," Raptors forward Chris Bosh said. "We came off a close loss, they came off a big one. They're probably re-evaluating themselves just like we are. We have to make sure we come out and establish a tempo to try to make them give up early."


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