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Humphries, Stackhouse to get chance as Nets reshape rotation

Mar 14, 2013, 2:03 PM EST

Brooklyn Nets' Kris Humphries puts a shot up over Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago Reuters

P.J. Carlesimo realizes that the Nets are in danger of being a one-and-done playoff team and that he doesn’t have a lot of weapons to turn to that can change that around. His hands are pretty tied.

So he’s going to take one more look at what he’s already got. Carlesimo tried heavy doses of Mirza Teletovic and MarShon Brooks, and after seeing that he’s going to take another look at veterans Kris Humphries and Jerry Stackhouse, reports Stefan Bondy at the New York Daily News.

“We gotta get Hump in the lineup back soon,” Carlesimo said. “His conditioning is good. He’s done a lot of extra stuff with (trainer Jeremy Bettle). The thing he hasn’t done is be on the floor in a while….”

Carlesimo said he also plans to bring back in the mix Jerry Stackhouse, who hasn’t played since Jan. 26.

“Just making decisions,” Carlesimo said. “We’ve been trying to look at Mirza a lot and MarShon (Brooks) to an extent, but we’ve got to look at other guys too.”

Humphries was yanked from the rotation just more than two weeks ago. Teletovic has potentially a more rounded game than Humphries, but he’s still adjusting to the NBA. Teletovic’s shot was off and he was a defensive liability.

Humphries plays to his strengths — rebounding, taking chip shots on offense, being physical — and doesn’t stray often into what he doesn’t do well. There’s something to be said for that on a playoff team.

But hopefully Brooks still gets a lot of burn, because they need his athleticism.

Still, Carlesimo has seen the landscape and is looking for anything that will work on his roster.

  1. ncm42 - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Jerry Stackhouse has to be in his 40s. Doesn’t he?

    • Kevin S. - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      38.

      Humphries needs to take Reggie Evans minutes. Does everything Evans can do and the defense can’t ignore him 15 feet from the basket.

      • sasquash20 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Evans better rebounder and defensive player. But your right has no offense at all.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        I’m not convinced he’s that much better of a rebounder. Hump still has one of the best rebounding rates in the league, and there’s diminishing marginal returns to extreme rebounders since they steal some from their teammates.

        Reggie’s a little more active defensively, but I don’t think he’s particularly good there.

  2. thesportsguy52 - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I don’t understand… Aren’t the Nets like 20 games over .500?

    • Kevin S. - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      No, they’re eleven games over, and that probably overstates how good they are since their point differential is less than one per game. In the East, Miami’s parsecs ahead of everybody else, then the Pacers, then a five-team scrum (since you can’t expect the Knicks to be fully healthy). You can argue the Nets are the best of those five teams, but it’s a nominal difference at most. If PJ actually figures out how to use the talent on his roster, though, they could nab the three-seed, have a puncher’s chance of beating Indiana and reach their stated goal of making the conference finals before getting mopped by the Heat.

      • dko83 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:12 AM

        I wish I could give you 2 thumbs ups for using “parsecs.” Awesome.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Kris Humphries, “Dope”.

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