Rafer fitting in nicely

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 2:49 AM ET

The Magic has been a tough matchup for the Raptors since Stan Van Gundy harnessed Dwight Howard and surrounded him with solid outside shooters.

But when Jameer Nelson went down with a season-ending shoulder injury earlier this season, it looked like a door could be open to even the score.

It looked that way until Magic GM Otis Smith went out at the trade deadline and brought in former Raptor Rafer Alston from Houston. With Alston running the point, the Magic is 15-4, a better winning percentage than it had with Nelson running the show.

"He's good with the basketball, back to the basket, he uses the screen and roll extremely well and he can make the outside shot if you leave him alone and he's a pretty good distributer of the basketball," Raptors head coach Jay Triano said of Alston. "I don't think there are a lot of differences between he and Jameer. Jameer has always caused us problems and we have to make sure Rafer doesn't do that to us."

All but over

Kris Humphries isn't giving up all hope, but chances are he will not play again this season.

The 6-foot-9 forward was expected to begin his first pool workouts yesterday following shootaround. He has been out of action since Jan 21 when a leg injury he suffered three days earlier finally was diagnosed as a fractured right fibula. Rehab has been moving at a snail's pace since, because the bone in his leg didn't just crack, it was displaced and the third-year pro has had to delay any physical activity before the bone had begun to heal properly.

With just eight games left in the season and with two doctors having already told him his season was over, Humphries isn't optimistic about playing again until at least next season.


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