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Alston Is Suspended By Raptors

Monday, January 31, 2005; Page D04

The Raptors suspended G Rafer Alston for two games yesterday for his conduct at a practice the previous day.

Alston won't be paid and will not be allowed to practice until Thursday. Toronto Coach Sam Mitchell wouldn't say what Alston did but said he needs to rein in his emotions.

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"His passion is his strength, but sometimes it can be a weakness," Mitchell said. "You got to control your emotions."

This isn't the first time Alston has been in trouble with the team. During a loss to Boston on Dec. 3, Mitchell told Alston to get off his bench after he received a technical foul. Mitchell benched him for the rest of the game and the next game.

Alston signed a six-year contract worth between $27 million and $30 million this past summer.

SUNS KEEP PARKER: Phoenix signed G William "Smush" Parker to a second 10-day contract.

Parker averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 assists in three games since signing with the Suns on Jan. 19. He played in 11 games with the Pistons before being released on Jan. 4.

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