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Celtics Morning Joe: Humphries plays big in win over Denver

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 7, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Kris Humphries is best known for his off the court past, and I for one didn't give the guy a chance. But after seeing him in action for the past months he's become one of the guys that I cheer for. With Jared Sullinger dealing with foul trouble, Humphries had hustled his way to 18 points and seven rebounds in Boston's 106-98 win. Hump saved the Celtics in the third quarter more then a few times when the Nuggets seemed poised to take the lead after Boston had a 27 point lead.

ESPN Boston

"We're winning and stuff; I don't like to focus on me and where I'm at," said Humphries. "We're at the top of the [Atlantic Division], so that's what's important -- whether my role is no minutes, 5 minutes, 20 minutes, or more, I have to contribute and it's not about me, so I don't really want to answer that question."

That echoed what he had said previously when asked if Friday's effort was his reward for all the thankless postgame and post-practice work.

"It's not about me; it's about beating a very good team, that we really prepared for and knew it was going to be a tough game," said Humphries. "We got out to a great start and the bench played great when [Denver] brought it back in the third and we were able to close it out."

When Hump plays he plays hard 99% of the time. He just knew the Celtics needed someone off the bench Friday night. Maybe it was the national stage that pushed the Celtics harder, but I think it's just who they are, and I didn't think Humphries had it in him to play with passion like he has all year.

Kris Postgame Interview

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Reply Greg
1:14 PM on December 7, 2013 
I hope we can get this guy next year for a couple million next season.
Reply celtsfan
1:17 PM on December 7, 2013 
Greg says...
I hope we can get this guy next year for a couple million next season.

Agree I hope we can grab him next year on a good deal.
Reply jlil89
2:19 PM on December 7, 2013 
I don't think that's happening. The guy is VERY valuable asset on an expiring contract. A contender is going to bite on him especially if he keeps playing like this. Keeping him would be redundant as well since we have Bass, Sully, Kelly, and Vitor. Hump would have been AWESOME during the KG days though. Oh well =/