MoPete catches a break

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Morris Peterson caught a break. Or more correctly, the NBA powers that be saw fit to downgrade Peterson's punishment.

Peterson learned early yesterday afternoon that the type 2 flagrant foul he as assessed in Sunday's win over Chicago had been downgraded to a type 1.

Peterson will still be fined, but the automatic game ejection that goes with a type 2 and would have seen him in street clothes last night was rescinded after the Raptors requested the league take another look at the incident.

Peterson was more surprised by the original call than the fact it was downgraded. He went up trying to block Kirk Hinrich drive to the basket midway through the second quarter and wound up clothes lining him.

"I never saw a replay, but I didn't go and try to intentionally hit him in the head," Peterson said. "From what I've been told it looks like my arm went over across his shoulder first and then kind of went to his head. I went for the ball. When he told me I got ejected, I didn't even know what to say. I would never do anything to intentionally hurt someone.

"I think people know I'm not a dirty player, I don't have a history of being a dirty player so I think that probably entered the equation when they made this decision."

As Peterson was being ejected, guard Jose Calderon was being issued a technical at midcourt. Calderon and the official wound up bumping into each other after Calderon went to the hoop and came down hard.

Calderon thought a foul should have been called and vocalized his protest as he ran back down the floor. The official believed Calderon had intentionally run into him and issued a technical.

That call was also overturned by the league yesterday, saving Calderon some money.

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