Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stevens on Humphries storming off the court: "He’s upset because we lost, and he certainly has got a right to be"

Kris Humphries has been the most consistent Celtic for the past couple of weeks. I'll be honest, I haven't been real happy with his playing time. Humphries only played 27 minutes, when he scored 20 points, and ripped down 11 rebounds in the win over the Pistones. The next three games, the same thing.

- 15 points, 9 rebounds in 26 minutes (vs. Pacers)
- 15 points, 5 rebounds in 21 minutes (vs. Knicks)
- 11 points, 13 rebounds in 25 minutes (vs. Suns)

I don't know if Humphries playing another 10 minutes or so would have resulted into any wins in the past three games, but I feel like he should have been out there more. Just for the fact that he's provided the Celtics with the most consistent play on the offensive end. He's shooting 60% in the past five games, in 53% in the previous 10. Rondo ,and Humphries have formed a nice solid foundation on the offensive end.

Brad Stevens on Humphries
"He’s upset because we lost, and he certainly has got a right to be. That was not a good ending. It was not a good performance. I thought we shot probably worst – worse shots than we’ve shot for a while. We missed 65 shots. That’s pretty incredible that we had a chance to win, but that’s not good and we need to make sure that we don’t do that again."

I'm not the only one who see's the disconnect right now with Hump and Stevens, or at least lack of playing time.

The Good
Kris Humphries

He continues to be one of the Celtics' most consistent big men despite logging fewer minutes than most of his fellow rotational big men. On Friday, he tallied his seventh double-double this season with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while playing less than 25 minutes.

Humphries played just 1 minute in the 4th quarter against the Suns. Olynyk logged nearly 11 minutes, and Sully and Bass about 8 minutes. Hump did play 9 minutes in the third, ripping 7 rebounds, but just 2 of his 11 points came in the third, and of course of the second half.

Humphries is peaking, and he's playing with a purpose, but I think Stevens is coaching with another purpose in mind. Stevens wants to play everyone, and I get that, but I'm kind of confused with Stevens intentions. I haven't questioned Stevens in the past, or at least often to warrant anything. This time I feel like he's not 100% focused on the win. Which why should he be I suppose. Stevens wants to work his two young bigs in Olynyk and Sully. That's the focus about all at this point. I could be wrong, and honestly I probably am.


  1. Hump should have been out there in the 4th. Stevens is playing everyone. Hump was just a vivtim.

  2. This season is about player development and developing team chemistry. Before next season starts there will be plenty of analysis done watching game film to better prepare for the coming season. Giving everyone a chance to play is very important. Hump has proven himself to remain a Celtic, maybe for $6 to $8 million/year. Next year the Celtics will be competitive in the play-offs at least in the early rounds! I'd bet my house on it!