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Recap: Nets 98, Cavs 94 OT

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 23, 2011
New Jersey Nets' Krid Humphries celebrates after making a shot during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 in Newark, N.J. The Nets won 98-96. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The Cavaliers could use Kris Humphries. Maybe not THE Kris Humphries, since the Nets likely aren't inclined to move him anytime soon, but they need someone like Kris Humphries.

Humphries was an NBA journeyman, with stops at Utah, Toronto and Dallas through his first six seasons. Humphries is a bit undersized at 6-foot-9, but he's always carried the reputation as a high energy, hustle player who could rebound. The Nets got him on the cheap last season from Dallas. He was buried at the end of the Mavericks bench and shipped to New Jersey last season for the low, low price of warm body Eduardo Najera.

With a little playing time, Humphries is flourishing this season. He is averaging 9.8 points and 10.2 rebounds. He is averaging 15.8 rebounds in his last 12 games, twice surpassing 20 rebounds in a game.

"It's incredible to see," Nets center Brook Lopez said of Humphries. "After every game, you look in the stat column and it's 15 rebounds, 15 points, 20 points ... all the intangible things he does, it's incredible."

The Cavs are going to build this through the draft. That's great. Given their market and inability to attract free agents, it's definitely the way to go. But you have to get lucky and take chances on guys, too. At the end of many NBA benches are guys worth taking a flier on.

The Cavs did it last summer on Ryan Hollins. They saw a 7-foot big who has bounced around the league and figured it was worth bringing him in and seeing what he had. It didn't really work, so now they'll try again.

There's another Kris Humphries out there somewhere. It would be great if the Cavs could find him.


Ramon Sessions 21 points, eight rebounds*
J.J. Hickson 17 points, 17 rebounds
Alonzo Gee 10 points
Kris Humphries 18 points, 23 rebounds**
Brook Lopez 18 points, five rebounds
Sasha Vujacic 18 points, five rebounds
Travis Outlaw 17 points
** -- career high; * -- season high

Turning point
Daniel Gibson's floater down the lane was blocked by Kris Humphries with about a minute left, then Ramon Sessions' drive ended with him on his back and the ball in Humphries' hands with 28 seconds left.

Key stat
The Nets are 5-29 on the road this season. They're 2-0 at Cleveland.

They said it
"We let it get away." -- Cavs coach Byron Scott

Up next
The Cavs (13-57) host the Detroit Pistons (25-46) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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