Iron man no longer

MARK KEAST -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

Morris Peterson's iron-man streak of 371 games came to a halt last night when the team announced the Raptors veteran would be sitting out the game with a low grade partial tear of the tendon in his left elbow.

Peterson is listed as day-to-day. Forward Uros Slokar was activated for last night's game.

"I have to do what's best right now and give it some rest," Peterson said before the game. "We want it to heal, so I can last the whole season."

Peterson saw a doctor after yesterday's shoot-around and found out the results when he arrived at the ACC last night.

"Streaks are made to be broken," he said. "It was a blessing (playing that long), but there was a lot of luck as well."

Peterson said he didn't know which game he injured the elbow.

He said it was a little sore before the game against the Golden State Warriors last week, then it got better, then it got worse.

Slokar wasn't sure how to react upon getting the news he'd be suiting up.

"It's unfortunate luck," he said. "I'm happy but I'm also sad because one of our best players is out."

Said coach Sam Mitchell: "We don't know how long he'll be out. He's been in a lot of pain with that elbow. But it's an opportunity for someone else to get some minutes."

For Peterson, it was an uncomfortable position sitting on the bench watching last night's game. "I think I'll have to borrow one of Chris (Bosh's) suits," he said.

NEW BALL PLEASE

Point guard T.J. Ford said he hates the new basketball.

"It's totally different from the ball before," he said. "It doesn't have a lot of bounce to it. Hopefully they consider a lot of us who are complaining, find another ball or make this one better."

JONES CONTRITE

Cavs guard Damon Jones called a news conference earlier this week to publicly apologize for getting tossed after getting a double technical for chirping at an official Saturday against the Washington Wizards.

Jones has no problem with the new rule that has the league clamping down on excessive complaining by players to officials.

"It was the heat of the moment and I reacted the wrong way," Jones said last night. "Referees have a tough task. Sometimes there will be mistakes made.


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