This was the season for Kris Humphries, a hustle player who got most of his points on putbacks and face-up shots from the elbow, to go to the next level as a three-point shooter for the Wizards. The start was promising but sustaining it for 82 games is another matter.
The stats: 6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 34.3% 3pt FG
Offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions): 99.8
Defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions): 106.7
Net rating: minus-7.0
Humphries has been bothered by a sore right knee and has missed 23 games, so any momentum he had after making a career-high five three-point shots vs. the Orlando Magic on Nov. 14 is gone. He replaced Nene in the starting lineup as the "stretch" option and looked like a fish out of water at times trying to guard other teams' stretch fours, has difficulty when forced to put the ball on the floor for more than two dribbles or doesn't have ample time to get his shot off. He's stuck between the old him and the new him.
If Humphries were healthy, he'd have a higher mark than this. The same could be said for other rotation players graded this week, too. But he has been put in a different position than he has ever played in his career and trying to reprogram himself after 11 years is asking a lot. Even more striking is his one strength, rebounding, is the lowest it has been in seven years. Ultimately, Humphries should come out on the other side of this as a better, more versatile player which could add a few years to his career with three-point range. The clock might run out on him this season.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.
Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.
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An undiagnosed illness has convinced Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to step away from the team indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.
Lue, 40, is hoping to address his health issues in time to return before the year is out. According to a statement on the team's website, he has been under the weather for quite some time.
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Here is what Lue said on the matter in a press release:
I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.
While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.
That is scary stuff and certainly much bigger than basketball. But the surprising news happens to come at a crucial time in the Cavs' season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining before the playoffs.
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The Cavs are just a half-game ahead of both the Wizards and Pacers in the standings. They will also have to reincorporate All-Star Kevin Love, likely sometime this week.
That is a lot for Drew to deal with while Lue recovers and it adds another wrinkle to a Cavs' season that has been characterized by change.
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