Raps not getting cocky

MIKE GANTER and STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

These are heady days indeed for the Raptors, but head coach Sam Mitchell isn't about to let his guard down.

Asked about a feeling of confidence prior to heading into last night's game with the Orlando Magic, Mitchell was shaking his head before the question had even been asked.

"No, you never really feel like that. I feel like our guys still have a lot of work to do, a lot of things to accomplish. As a coach you always worry. We're a good basketball team. We've got some good players but you still worry."

A big reason for Mitchell's worries are the parity in the league.

"You never know who is supposed to win," Mitchell said. "In the past, the Chicago Bulls, they were pretty much supposed to win. Them with Michael (Jordan) and Scottie Pippen and those guys. Utah with Karl Malone and (John) Stockton and those guys, the Lakers with Shaq (O'Neal) and Kobe (Bryant). It's not like that now, anyone can beat anyone else.

But does Mitchell believe his players share the same concerns.

"I hope so," he said. "We haven't done anything yet so If they're overconfident there is no reason to be. We've just put ourselves in a position to do something. We haven't done it yet."

Fourth quarter Mo

Morris Peterson has been making a spectacle of himself in the fourth quarter lately and no one's happier about it than Peterson himself.

In the past three games, Peterson's fourth quarters have seen him score 11, eight, and five points going backwards from Sunday's win over the Clippers to last Wednesday's win over Washington.

In those three fourth quarters he's a combined 8-for 13 from the floor including 6-of-11 from three-point range. Just under 50% of Peterson's scoring has come in the fourth quarter alone in those three games.

"The fourth quarter is winning time and as you know, last year, we weren't able to close games out," Peterson said.

"That always sticks out in the back of my mind.

"It's not only me, but I guess we all play now with a sense of urgency and try to get the job done.

"It just so happens I've been put in a position to make shots or get defensive stops."


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