Raptors Watch

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

PETERSON A NO-SHOW

Morris Peterson was the lone Raptor not to make it back to the Air Canada Centre on time for an evening practice last night after two days off.

The Raptors swingman, who was in his hometown of Flint, Mich., to celebrate Christmas, experienced a travel delay, the team said.

Peterson is expected to be at the ACC for a morning shootaround today in advance of a home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.

MAD MIKE RETURNS

As a Raptor last season, free-spirited point guard Mike James played one of his games against the team that traded him to Toronto when he notched 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in a big victory against the Houston Rockets.

You can expect James to come in with the same prove-them-wrong approach tonight when he makes his first appearance in Toronto with the Timberwolves.

Never shy to shoot, James has to be a priority for the Raptors' perimeter defenders.

"I'm pretty sure he's going to have a lot of energy, he's going to come in with the mindset to want to prove to Toronto they passed up on him and made a bad decision," Raptors point guard T.J. Ford said.

"That's a lot of guys' mentalities when they go to a situation like that. You just want to come out and play good basketball. It's not the main focus for me, going against him and making it a one-on-one thing."

Ford and James both make Houston their home in the off-season and spend time working out together.

"We talked in the summer, he told me I'm going to like it and gave me advice," Ford said. "We both have respect for each other."

AN ODD SCENE

The Raptors ended practice in their upper-level Air Canada Centre practice court just before the Maple Leafs game started last night.

That led to an odd scene as security guards stood around Chris Bosh while he waited for an elevator to take him downstairs as Leafs fans snapped photos.

Bosh has a new hairstyle, which can best be described as Charles Oakley-like twists.

"Wild, free," said Bosh, who showed his Canadian knowledge by wishing reporters a happy Boxing Day.


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