Ever since he dropped Kris Humphries from the rotation in order to give Mirza Teletovic a chance, Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo stressed Humphries would get another shot. In Sunday’s win over the Suns, Humphries proved why that was the case. Humphries scored a season-high 17 points to go along with eight rebounds in a 102-100 Nets win, their third in four games to begin the Circus Trip. “Huge,” Carlesimo said of the importance of seeing Humphries back on track. “I think it’s important for him. “Again, in my mind, Hump’s a good player, and we needed to get him back in the fold and figure it out. The first thing is to get him playing well, and then go back to our old problem of who we’re going to play, and how we’re going to play people.” After sitting out for eight straight games while Carlesimo gave Teletovic a spot in the rotation, Humphries made his return in Saturday’s loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles. After doing an effective job — even with a quiet stat line of no points, two rebounds, an assist and a block in 10 minutes — against Blake Griffin and the Clippers’ front line, he got another chance against Phoenix. Humphries made sure to take advantage, going 6-for-12 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line while adding three offensive rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. “It’s nice to get to the free throw line, see the ball go in, run the floor, get some easy stuff,” Humphries said. “Our guards did a nice job of pushing the ball, and anytime you have some good production, it always helps with your confidence. But it’s about the win, and Phoenix brought it and we were able to get the win. “It felt good to be involved offensively and get up and down and have fun out there.” In addition to finishing with a season-high point total, the 28 minutes Humphries played were his most since Dec. 4, when he played 36 minutes in a 117-111 loss to the Thunder.
Humphries shook off rust to make huge Nets return
New York Post | Mar 26