The Brooklyn Nets were handed some tough news on Christmas, as power forward Kris Humphries is out for Tuesday’s game against the Boston Celtics with an abdominal strain, according to the Nets’ official Twitter account:
While this is a serious concern for a Brooklyn team that needs all the depth and talent they can get to stay relevant in the Eastern Conference, the fact that the young star is not making the road trip is the bigger concern.
Nets fans better hope this is not a serious injury.
What It Means
For the short-term future of the team, it means that Tuesday’s Christmas matchup with the always tough Boston Celtics has gotten even tougher.
Not only are these two teams battling for Atlantic Division supremacy, they are fighting to stay in the hunt for a premium playoff position.
Without Humphries in the lineup, the Celtics have the definitive advantage in the low post.
The key to the team’s tweet was that Humphries would be re-evaluated when the team returns from the road trip Friday to play the Charlotte Bobcats.
If Humphries isn’t cleared to play in that game, there will be genuine concern.
While Brook Lopez is one of the league’s top centers and Gerald Wallace had some success sliding to power forward, Brooklyn is a flat-out better team with Humphries in the lineup.
Let’s just hope his abdominal strain is no big deal and the team is just treating the injury with caution.
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