The Raptors have actually landed in the NBA record books this season for something good.
Morris Peterson scored on a 25-foot jump shot with 1:41 left in the first quarter last night against the Indiana Pacers to put Toronto in the NBA record books for most consecutive games (595) with a successful three-point shot. Peterson's tre broke the record of 594 held by the Miami Heat.
"I had no idea until after the game," Peterson said of breaking the record. "But that does mean a lot to this team and to the organization. We've been struggling all season and to be able to have something to show like this, is a great accomplishment."
The Raptors' streak spans seven seasons, starting on Feb.26, 1999 against Minnesota.
The Air Canada Centre faithful, when informed of the record last night, reacted with, let's say, controlled enthusiasm.
Even head coach Sam Mitchell wasn't over the moon. In fact, the coach had to be reminded prior to the game that his team would be going for the mark.
Still, the record represents something positive.
"It's an accomplishment the guys should be proud of," Mitchell said, adding that one of the keys to being a consistent three-point team is to not go out on the court, looking specifically for them.
"Three-point shots happen, you shouldn't look for them, and we get good looks," he said. "Very rarely do we force one. We normally just move the basketball and get good looks, and when we get them, we've got guys who can knock them down."
Mitchell said he also encourages certain guys on the club -- Matt Bonner, Mike James and Peterson -- to take the shot when they have a good look.