Chris Bosh felt Morris Peterson should have known better.
The Raptors star was critical of his teammate yesterday after he was ejected for retaliating with a playful slap to Vince Carter's face, resulting in a second technical foul and an automatic removal. The referee who tossed Peterson, Steve Javie, is known for having a short fuse.
"You've got to be careful," Bosh said after his team lost 105-104 against the New Jersey Nets. "Some refs have a reputation. Just like players have a reputation, refs have one, too. Sometimes you have to be careful because some refs might just call a tech on you if you just ask what happened.
"I think after all that, we should have remembered."
Peterson acknowledged that he was aware of Javie's reputation. But his complaint -- and it's a legitimate one -- was that Javie didn't see Carter's original slap to his face.
"The play was just misunderstood," Peterson said. "Steve Javie just saw what happened with me. He didn't see the whole thing."
The refs handed out six technical fouls, five to the Raptors. Two of the T's were given to the Raptors in the third quarter, including one to coach Sam Mitchell after he told the refs, "You guys are losing control of this game."
Mitchell said he didn't see the slap session between Carter and Peterson afterward and refused to discuss the incident, but Raptors point guard Mike James didn't bite his tongue. He noted that Peterson and Carter are friends and there was no bad blood in the play fight.
"Even though there may be a hit or something, you've got to see whether or not it's harmless," he said. "You've got to see what's behind the hit. If somebody's going to slap somebody in the game (to make a serious statement), I think they're going to slap him hard."
What everybody agreed on is that Peterson's ejection made things easier for Carter. Without Peterson, who was assigned to Carter on defence, the shorter James and weaker defenders Matt Bonner and Jalen Rose had to guard VC.
"It's unfortunate I couldn't (play) in the fourth quarter," Peterson said. "It probably would have made a difference."
But, James insisted, it wasn't THE difference.
"You can't say him getting ejected cost us the game," James said. "We did all the right things to win a game. (Carter) just hit a big shot. Hand in his face, almost off balance, it rattles in. He misses that shot, we go home the victor and nobody is asking us if that cost us the game."