Raptors veteran Jalen Rose remains close with his old college buddy Chris Webber. So Rose is well aware how difficult it has been for Webber fitting in with his new team, the Philadelphia 76ers. "He has been having a tough time getting acclimated to his trade to Philly, as by his performance," said Rose, whose Raptors will play host to the Sixers tonight. "I don't think he's playing up to the way we're used to watching him play, especially the way he was playing earlier this season in Sacramento.
"He's due to get on track. Hopefully it won't happen against us and we'll find a way to defeat a division foe."
From his days as a college player with Rose in the Fab Five era at the University of Michigan, right through his pro career, Webber has grown accustomed to having the offence run through him. But in Philly everything runs through Allen Iverson, of course.
"It's an adjustment," Rose said. "A lot of times when people don't understand the game, they don't understand how big an adjustment it is. You have two different styles of play playing on the same team. But I'm pretty sure they'll get it together and like I said, I hope if won't happen against us."
Webber has been booed on occasion by the Philly faithful.
"We talked about (that possibility) before he even went to Philly," Rose said. "We understood every time he missed a shot or made a bad play, or if they don't have a good finish, it all will come down on his shoulders.
"But that comes with the territory. In Philly they'll boo Santa Claus, so who is Chris Webber?"
BAD MOON RISING
Raptors point guard Rafer Alston said he knew his club was tempting fate early in what turned out to be a 116-112 overtime loss to the last-place Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
"I can tell you, we were headed for disaster in the first quarter, when we allow a team like that to score (34) points," Alston said. "We had all the ingredients for a disaster in the first quarter.