Sam pleased with Parker

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

Sam Mitchell is seeing an aggressive Anthony Parker these days and he couldn't be happier.

Parker, who sits fifth overall in the league in three-point field goal percentage, is driving the basket with increasing regularity and it's opening up things for both him and his teammates.

In the absence of Chris Bosh, Parker has become a go-to guy in the offence, scoring 20 or more in the past three games and averaging 20.2 over his past eight. He's also shooting just shy of 56% from the field, and 50% from three-point range over that span.

About the only thing missing from his game right now is a fourth-quarter presence and he really hasn't had much of a say in that, but he refuses to complain about it.

"If we win the game it doesn't matter to me," Parker said when asked about his lack of touches in the fourth quarter the past two games. "But it's tough. I think (I could do more) and I'm not just talking about making shots for me but being a part of the offence and create for others. When the ball moves around it's better. You get better looks, people feel more involved and from a defensive standpoint it keeps (your opponent) on his heels instead of just attacking because you know what is coming."

NO QUESTIONING EFFORT

Even at his most disappointed this season, Mitchell has never questioned his team's effort. Wednesday night in Oakland he used the word "flat" but without his leading scorer he's not about to go off on anyone, two consecutive losses or not.

"I like the way we are playing," Mitchell said. "We're playing hard. The teams we have played these first two games, those are two excellent teams who are playing hard and we battled. We just have to get off to a better start and get that timely stop when we need it. We just haven't been able to come up with that stop."


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