The newly acquired Kris Humphries has come off the bench to give the Hawks a spark. Atlanta blew out the Lakers Friday night in Humphries’ Hawks debut, then came back Saturday night to down the Clippers. Both games were on the road.
Humphries will never be confused with an NBA star, but he does give the Hawks a veteran presence inside. Humphries, along with Kirk Hinrich, will also settle down Dennis Schroder and Mike Scott on the second unit.
The second unit has needed help, all season it has looked like a mouse in a cheese factory.
Humphries’ presence is eating into Mike Muscala‘s minutes. The third year forward/center has shown promise, but still wanders around lost at times. Humphries also gives Atlanta the muscle inside that Muscala lacks.
Atlanta’s inside rotation of Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Mike Scott and Humphries is the smallest front court in the league. The Hawks overcame the size differential Saturday night, dominating the Clippers and DeAndre Jordan, 53-41 on the glass.
The Hawks have often lacked effort and focus this season. Could Humphries and Hinrich be the difference?