Vince Carter isn't the only Raptor unhappy to be in Toronto right now.
Guard Rafer Alston is starting to question his role on the team, even contemplating quitting the rest of the season, after being benched by coach Sam Mitchell on Friday night.
"It's tough right now for me," he said. "I'm going to talk to Sam and (general manager Rob Babcock). I think it's time. I'm tired of getting into it with my teammates and my coaches. I don't know if I'm a good fit for this team and I don't know if I'm a good fit for this league.
"I'm going to take some time off. I might not even play the rest of the season."
Mitchell was so enraged with Alston and Loren Woods's antics in the third quarter of a 91-89 loss in Boston, he is unwilling to start, maybe even play, either against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.
The controversy started in the final two minutes of the third quarter, when Woods was called for two quick fouls. Alston objected to the call by throwing the ball down the court, receiving the first technical.
Woods approached the referee to voice his displeasure and got a technical of his own. Paul Pierce made just one of the four resulting free throws, but the Celtics continued to close the gap on the Raptors and took the lead in the fourth quarter.
Even though Mitchell would admit he would need both to avoid a third straight loss, the Toronto coach said he wants to set a good example for the team and the league in sitting out his players.
"I don't know when they will be back in," he said. "We are supposed to be professionals. Nobody has the right to do that in a close game. They embarrassed themselves and the Toronto Raptors."
Prior to Friday night's game Alston has been one of Toronto's top players, averaging 13.4 points per game along with a team-high 6.4 assists.
His quickness at the guard position has been crucial in implementing Mitchell's new high-tempo offence.
In Cleveland, the outlook is certainly looking more positive. LeBron James is coming into his own in his second full season, averaging 25 points per game in leading the Cavs to a 10-6 record.
Tonight's game will be the first meeting of the season between the Raptors and Cavs.
Toronto won three of four match-ups last season and has taken six of the last 10 encounters. The Raptors have been victorious in seven of their last 10 trips to Cleveland.