Josh Newman, SNYNets.com
A recent rough stretch for Kris Humphries got a little rougher on Friday evening when he was labeled inactive for the Nets' matchup at the Washington Wizards with what the team is calling a sprained left ankle.
Friday will mark the fifth time in the last seven games Humphries has sat due to injury. He missed four games between Dec. 25-29 with a sore abdominal muscle. The game before Christmas Day, against the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 23, Humphries was removed from the starting lineup and registered a DNP-CD in a 95-92 Nets victory.
Humphries came up lame with 1:36 to go in the fourth quarter of a surprising 110-93 victory at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday evening and did not return. The Nets didn't practice upon arrival in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, but a New York Daily News report came out during the day that Humphries was diagnosed with a Grade 1 ankle sprain.
With the sprain being categorized as Grade 1, it is not considered serious and Humphries is day-to-day. The Nets return home to battle the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night for the second half of a back-to-back.
After a career year last season, followed by re-signing with the Nets for two years and $24 million, Humphries has struggled, averaging just 7.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Last year, under a one-year contract worth $8 million, Humphries was just one of five players in the NBA to average a double-double, going for 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds in 62 games during the lockout-shortened, 66-game regular season.
With Humphries unavailable, Reggie Evans will start for the second straight night, while ex-Wizard Andray Blatche is expected to see an increased role as well. Additionally, little-used reserve power forward Mirza Teletovic could see the floor. The 27-year-old rookie has seen action in just 16 games this season after signing for the mini mid-level exception in the offseason.
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