MoPete sees positive side

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Morris Peterson is having an inconsistent season, which is not a great thing when you're in the final year of a contract.

Still, the longest serving Raptor, who was drafted by Toronto in 2000, is not losing sleep over the fact that his numbers are below those of last season.

"I would rather have a year like this, when we're winning, than have a career year and lose," Peterson said yesterday, following a team practice at the Air Canada Centre.

"Winning is more important than individual statistics. I've seen guys who scored a lot of points and did a lot of things on a losing team and at the end of the day didn't get what they deserved.

"And I've seen guys who were part of a winning team, doing everything the right way and maybe not scoring as many points, but, you know what, teams want winners."

Peterson, who scored 21 points in Toronto's 103-91 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Friday night, is averaging 11.0 points per game (almost seven less than last season) and 3.9 rebounds. His minutes are down as well.

But the Flint, Mich., native, who has been subject of numerous trade rumours, believes that his numbers will come around.

"In the past, I always played better in the second half of the season," he said.

FORD STILL FINE-TUNING

Point guard T.J. Ford, who picked up 10 assists in 17 minutes off the bench in Toronto's victory on Friday, but he still isn't ready to take over his starting job.

While his sore right ankle is getting better, Ford said that he will not start this afternoon against the Los Angeles Clippers and probably won't start until later in the week.

Jose Calderon has done a good job in his place.

AROUND THE RIM

A graphic on the Raptors' website is truly disturbing. In announcing the triple award winners for the month of January -- Chris Bosh as player of the month, Sam Mitchell as coach of the month and Andrea Bargnani as rookie of the month -- the MLSEL webmaster put the three guys' heads on some kind of wormy-looking dragon. The Bargnani head is breathing fire and just looks weird ... Many of the Raptors were disappointed that they wouldn't be facing former teammate Alvin Williams today. Williams was cut by the Clippers last week after signing a 10-day deal two weeks ago.


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