Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com
NEW YORK — After logging a “DNP-CD” during the Nets Dec. 23 home game against the Philadelphia 76ers, head coach Avery Johnson announced that Kris Humphries has a mild abdominal strain and will be out until at least Dec. 28 when the Nets host the Charlotte Bobcats.
“He has a mild abdominal strain so he’s inactive tonight and inactive tomorrow,” coach Johnson announced prior to the Nets Christmas Day battle with the Boston Celtics.
“He won’t make the trip to Milwaukee and then [the doctors] will reevaluate him when we get back from our trip to Milwaukee.”
The Nets will play at the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 26 before returning home to host the Charlotte Bobcats. There is currently no timetable set for Humphries’ return, but based on coach Johnson’s comments, he’ll miss at least the next two games.
Against the Celtics, coach Johnson is using the same starting unit he did when Humphries missed his first game. Gerald Wallace will slide over to the power forward spot and Keith Bogans will start as the small forward.
Once Humphries returns, it’s unclear as to whether or not he will resume his role as a starter, but coach Johnson gave reason to believe he’ll continue to come off of the bench even once he’s cleared to return.
“After we went back and looked at our first 20-something games, to start games, we’ve had spacing issues,” he said. “We’ve had issues with our scorers not having enough room to operate inside, we haven’t had real good passing from all of our positions. Gerald now at that ‘4’ gives us another good passer at 4, a guy that can ignite that break for us.”
He continued, “We went back and looked at it and we’re not a perfect team right now, but now that we are going with this lineup, we gotta work at it.”