Scary holiday for Bonner

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

DETROIT -- It was a bittersweet Christmas for the Raptors forward Matt Bonner.

The Red Rocket, as he is known to Raptors fans, made it home to Concord, N.H. for the holidays, but the festive atmosphere at home was broken on Christmas Eve when his grandmother suffered a heart attack. Everything turned out okay as his grandmother, Beverley, underwent surgery yesterday to have a pacemaker inserted and is already feeling much better.

HEY MO

Forward Morris Peterson tied Alvin Williams last night in all time games played as a Toronto Raptor, with 417 and will surpass Williams tonight when the Raps host the Atlanta Hawks.

Peterson told the Detroit media last night that he loves playing north of the border.

"I love the city, the people. This is my sixth year there and I wouldn't want to be in a different situation, I can tell you that," the native of Flint, Mich. said.

"The city of Toronto has really embraced me, has embraced this team and hopefully we can try to get this thing straightened around."

Peterson is also the current NBA Ironman. Including last night's game , MoPete has played in 306 straight games, beginning his current streak on Feb.12, 2002.

"I just want to play everyday," Peterson said of the streak. "There have been times when I probably shouldn't have played, but that's the sacrifice you have to make for your team.

"If I wasn't in the NBA, I'd probably be in a Rec League playing everyday," he added. "That's how much I love the game."

AROUND THE RIM

Mike Cvitkovic, the Raptors coordinator of media relations, is leaving the organization as of Jan. 20 to become Regional Director, Communications and Media Relations at Tennis Canada. ... Michigan native Jalen Rose managed to get his hands on 50 tickets for family and friend for last night's game ... The usual starting five for the Raptors, Rafael Araujo, Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon, Mike James and Peterson, have a combined 12 years of NBA experience.


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