Raptors do their part

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

The Raptors will make their annual visit to The Hospital for Sick Children this afternoon. Each year members of the team visit the world-renown facility to meet and spend time with the patients. The event is one of the biggest community dates of the year with the Raptors.

MO THAN JUST A JUMP SHOT

Morris Peterson has averaged just 5.5 points in the last four games (heading into last night's game), despite playing close to 30 minutes per game. In that time he is 7-for-33 from the floor.

But Peterson often gets the toughest opponent to guard and his defensive work this season has been excellent on a team not known for its D.

"Mo's been fine. All Mo wants to do is play," head coach Sam Mitchell said. "And he plays hard and gives you everything he's got, and that's all you can ask for."

Peterson's conditioning has been a bonus for the Raptors, particularly in the second game of back-to-backs, where he is averaging 16.2 points and is shooting a stellar 44% from the field.

AROUND THE RIM

The Raptors streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer has spanned through seven seasons, 576 games to be exact, the longest current streak in the league. The last time the Raps failed to hit a triple in a game was Feb.24, 1999 at Indiana ... The Raptors have used 17 different starting lineups this season, with Chris Bosh the only player to start in every one ... Charlie Villanueva, who has played all of his 44 games coming off the bench, has more offensive rebounds (87) than any player who has not started a game this season ... Second-year forward Pape Sow hasn't turned the NBA upside down since he returned to Toronto from the Arkansas RimRockers, but he does have his share of fans at the Air Canada Centre. One young fan, recognizing that yesterday's game was on TSN, held up a sign that read: The Sow Network.


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