New Jersey Nets: Milwaukee Bucks

Humphries' career night goes to waste

March, 12, 2012
Kris Humphries can never be accused of failing to give maximum effort on the court.

"After games, he's totally exhausted," Nets coach Avery Johnson said after his 27-year-old power forward scored a career-high 31 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked three shots over 42 minutes in Monday night's 105-99 loss to the Bucks.

"He leaves it all out there on the floor. He's a great example of just playing until your dead tired."

AP Photo/Mel EvansKris Humphries

In 40 games with the Nets this season, Humphries has logged 1,394 minutes and 44 seconds, and ranks second on the team to point guard Deron Williams in minutes per contest (34:52).

"It wasn't tough [Monday night]," said Humphries, who became just the fifth Net since 1985-86 to go for 31 and 18 in a single game. "But on back-to-backs it's pretty tough."

Sure is. But you wouldn't know it watching Humphries.

On Monday night, he was a beast on the interior. Humphries, who shot 11-for-15 from the field and 9-for-12 from the free throw line, recorded 13 points and six rebounds in the first quarter, and by the end of the first half he had amassed his 18th double-double of the season: 21 points and 10 boards.

"He got off to a good start and was real focused," Johnson said. "Guys started going to him early and he made some really incredible blocks. He's playing on both ends of the floor."

On Feb. 19, Humphries was outplayed by Milwaukee hybrid forward Ersan Ilyasova, who scored 29 points and grabbed an NBA season-high-tying 25 rebounds. Humphries was determined not to let "Turkish Thunder" go "Ersane" again.

"He played great last time," Humphries said. "I wanted to make sure he didn't come out and get momentum and have that kind of night."

Ilyasova didn't, scoring just four points and snagging three boards in 24 minutes.

The Nets (14-29, 4-15 home) went right at him from the opening possession, getting Humphries a look in the post, and he got a 5-foot hook to go. That set the tone for what should've been a different outcome had the Nets not turned the ball over nine times in the third quarter and allowed Milwaukee (18-24) to go on a 17-2 run spanning the end of the third to the early part of the fourth, which turned a nine-point lead into a six-point deficit.

Humphries' highlight of the evening was his steal and slam that gave the Nets a 48-36 edge in the second quarter. He scooped up a loose ball and went coast-to-coast, taking it himself on a 2-on-1 fast break and finishing with a rim-rocking, one-handed jam.

"I got it, I just pushed it out, and then I was looking for someone and I realized, there's only one guy back. And it got to the point where he [wasn't] gonna take the charge, so I just said, 'Let me try and dunk this,'" Humphries said. "It worked out."

Humphries signed a one-year, $8 million contract in the offseason, so he could be a candidate to be dealt by Thursday's NBA trading deadline. But he has veto power because he'd have to give up his Bird Rights in order to be moved.

Using a bridge analogy after Monday's morning shootaround, Humphries (13.6 ppg, 10.7 rpg) essentially said he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the situation was right. And there's plenty of contenders who would love to have a player of his ilk.

But for now, he’s a Net, and Johnson and Humphries' teammates aren't going to complain about that.

Rapid Reaction: Bucks 105, Nets 99

March, 12, 2012

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WHAT IT MEANS: Kris Humphries' career night went to waste. The Nets' power forward had a career-high 31 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, but his team blew a 12-point lead and fell to the Bucks, 105-99 on Monday night at Prudential Center. The Nets are now 14-29 overall, 4-15 at home and have lost two games in a row.

TURNING POINT: The Bucks closed the third quarter on a 9-0 run, then scored eight of the first 10 points of the fourth to turn a nine-point deficit into a six-point lead.

ADVANTAGE, KRIS: For Humphries, it was his 18th double-double this season. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the first half alone. He finished 11-for-15 from the field and 9-for-12 from the free throw line in 41 minutes. Counterpart Ersan Ilyasova, who torched the Nets to the turn of 29 points and 25 rebounds in their last meeting, had just four points and three rebounds in 24 minutes.

FILLING IN: Starting for the second straight game in place of Deron Williams (strained right calf, day to day), backup point guard Jordan Farmar struggled, shooting just 7-for-18 from the field and getting abused by Brandon Jennings (34 points, seven rebounds, seven assists).

DOUBLE-G: Gerald Green hit his first three shots, but went just 1-for-8 the rest of the way, finishing with 11 points. He did rise high above the rim for an alley-oop jam.

STARTING STRONG: The Nets made seven of their first 10 shots, shot 50 percent in the first quarter and led 32-27. Humphries had 13 points and six rebounds in the opening period.

BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME: Hump got a steal, went coast-to-coast and finished off a powerful one-handed slam on the other end that gave the Nets a 48-36 lead in the second quarter.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Nets went 4-for-17 from 3-point range.

CHAMPS ARE HERE: Super Bowl champions Justin Tuck and Ahmad Bradshaw of the Giants sat courtside.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Raptors, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Rapid Reaction: Bucks 115, Nets 92

January, 8, 2011

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WHAT IT MEANS: One of those closed-door, players-only meetings is in order. Some accountability would be nice. And that Carmelo Anthony blockbuster trade needs to get done. Now. Not in a day, a week, a month. Now! Because, right now, the New Jersey Nets are a bad basketball team.

As if that wasn't painfully obvious before.

The Nets put up their second clunker in as many nights, getting obliterated by the Milwaukee Bucks, 115-92 at the Prudential Center on Saturday. Other than a couple emphatic dunks by rookies Derrick Favors and Ben Uzoh, there were no positives the Nets could take away from the blowout. Their defense, which allowed the Bucks to shoot 58.3 percent from the floor, was atrocious. As was Brook Lopez (five points, one rebound) They brought no energy. They were out-hustled. And that's not going to make head coach Avery Johnson happy -- especially considering his favorite football team, the New Orleans Saints, were eliminated from the playoffs.

New Jersey (10-27 overall, 7-10 home) clearly missed injured point guard Devin Harris, who sat out with a right quad contusion. His 16.6 points, 6.8 assists and consummate professionalism and leadership were sorely missed on the court.

TURNING POINT: The first quarter. All 12 minutes of it. That's all it took for the game to be decided.

The Nets trailed 28-15 at the end of the opening stanza. The reason? Where do we start. First off, they couldn't make shots. They made just seven of 20 attempts from the field. Second, they allowed the NBA's worst offense to shoot 62.5 percent. And finally, Lopez was nonexistent. Despite the absence of Bucks center Andrew Bogut from the lineup, the 22-year-old center went just 1-for-3 from the floor with no rebounds in 9 minutes, 27 seconds of action in the first quarter.

The Nets ended up cutting a 15-point deficit to seven late in the second quarter, only to see Earl Boykins knock down a 3 and follow a Kris Humphries jumper with one of his own to make it a 55-45 Bucks lead at the half. The Nets never got within single digits again the rest of the way. Milwaukee started the third quarter on a 12-2 run to take a 20-point lead. That's when the boos started. They didn't stop. The fans who paid to witness this one in-person deserve their money back. And those that were watching on television probably turned on the Jets-Colts game. For the record, it got to as bad as 26.

STAR OF THE GAME: Normally in an outcome like this, the home team doesn't deserve one. But Humphries quietly put up a team-high 22 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Backup point guard Jordan Farmar also deserves praise. He put up 20 points and added a game-high 10 assists while starting in Harris' place.

UP NEXT: A flight to the left coast. The Nets went 1-3 in their first trip out west. They'll try to at least equal that record during their second one -- another four-gamer -- which begins in Phoenix against the Suns on Wednesday. The Nets are a lowly 3-17 away from The Rock.



Joe Johnson
16.7 3.8 1.0 34.9
ReboundsK. Garnett 8.0
AssistsD. Williams 6.8
StealsD. Williams 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.6