Things sure have changed for Morris Peterson.
For the first five games of the season, all losses, the Raptors swingman was receiving inconsistent minutes off the bench and Peterson let it be known he wasn't loving his role.
Since then, he has started every game and his numbers have gone up in a big way.
Peterson is averaging 34.8 minutes, second on the team, and 14.1 points, which matches a career high.
I haven't really asked (coach Sam Mitchell about why he has increased his minutes) and I'm not really complaining either," Peterson said yesterday as the team prepared for a game today against the New York Knicks at the Air Canada Centre. "I'll do whatever I can to help us win, whether I get to play 48 minutes or two minutes. I just think the coaching staff is starting to show the confidence in me to have me on the floor."
So what was going on at the start of the season?
"That was so long ago, I don't want to go back to the beginning of the season," Peterson said. "Right now, we're doing what we can to win some games and kind of turn the corner."
NO BIG DEAL
After Knicks coach Larry Brown won his 1,000th career victory, New York forward Antonio Davis was asked how significant that milestone would be to Brown.
"I think it should mean something to him," the ex-Raptor told the Bergen Record, "but unless he was 1,000-0, it ain't going to mean nothing to him."
For the record, Brown is 1,000-762.
Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury has a Raptors opponent-high 227 assists against Toronto ... Raptors point guard Mike James is averaging 23.2 points and eight assists in six games in January ... After the game today, the Raptors depart for a five-game West Coast swing, beginning Tuesday in Utah against the Jazz.