James wants the ball

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Mike James is making a point.

When Jose Calderon suffered a right foot injury Dec. 18, the days of a two point guard starting lineup came to an end for the Raptors.

Since then, James has played some of his best basketball of the season. James, who had to play at the two spot a lot of the time when he was on the court with Calderon, prefers playing point guard.

"Of course, I feel better at the one because I have the ball in my hands," James said yesterday after practice in Atlanta. "I'm not a player that really likes to play off the ball. I can play off the ball, but I just like to be able to go on the pick and roll or set the offence up or being able to just control the tempo of the game. That's when I'm at my best. Getting that opportunity definitely feels good."

James had the second double-double of his career last Friday against the Indiana Pacers when he had 19 points and 10 assists. The undrafted point guard also is enjoying having Morris Peterson as his backcourt mate.

"Me and Mo are starting to gain a niche," he said. "We're starting to figure one another out. We're just starting to gain a little chemistry together, which can only help the team."

HE'LL BE BACK

Raptors rookie forward Joey Graham's twin brother, Stephen, was cut by the Houston Rockets last week, preventing a second Graham vs. Graham game Friday when the Rockets visit the Air Canada Centre.

Joey was supposed to pay for Stephen's dinner before that game as Stephen covered the bill last month in Houston when the Raptors came to town.

But Joey is confident Stephen, who has returned to Sioux Falls at the CBA, will get his dinner in the near future.

"He's going to remind me (after another NBA team gives him a chance)," a laughing Joey said.

STUCK AT HOME

Raptors forward/centre Aaron Williams missed practice yesterday after he was delayed while trying to rejoin the team from his home in Chicago.


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