The NBA: Mr. Kardashian

Kris Humphries seems to be doing well after
his split from Kim Kardashian.

*Unless otherwise specified, all images are from the Associated Press.

“I told him that I wanted him to play like a starting power forward in this league and he played like that (Thursday)." – Nets Coach Avery Johnson describing Kris Humphries’s nice performance against the Indiana Pacers.

Kris Humphries, despite recently being named the most hated NBA player around, has quietly been having a career season. It’s not enough to get him the Most Improved Player Award (that SHOULD go to J-Lin if he continues on his upward trajectory), but it’s enough to make him a starting PF in this league as long as he stays with the Nets or they don’t get someone better.

The former Mr. Dash’s current stats have been, cumulatively, the best of his career – better than 13ppg, about 10.2rpg, and better than 1bpg in a career-high 34 minutes per outing.

He’ll never be the Robin to D-Will’s Batman. He’ll never help lead the present iteration of the Nets to any semblance of a playoff march, but he’ll keep his starting PF slot.

In many ways, it seems his NBA career is parallel to his short-lived marriage with Kim Kardashian – he got it “made,” but he also became sorta-kinda the laughingstock of a lot of people.

He’s the best big man on the Nets’ roster, but it’s a roster that’s the laughingstock of the Atlantic Division.

It’s not really a bad thing to be Kris Humphries, but one wouldn’t exactly dream of being him, either.

So, and this goes out to Jeremy Lin, if the rumors of Kim Kardashian wanting to hook up with you are true, then, please, just look at Humphries to get a glimpse of what lies down THAT road.

After the JUMP, key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

IND over NJN, 93-88
Danny Granger scored 32 points, including four clutch free throws down the stretch, as the Pacers held off the Nets to end a 5-game skid. David West added 16 points and 6 rebounds, Roy Hibbert posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards, and Paul George contributed 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
CHI over BOS, 89-80
Carlos Boozer scored 23 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 5 assists, and the Bulls utilized a late run to take down the Celtics. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah also had double-doubles for the Bulls, with Deng producing 23 points and 10 assists and Noah dropping 15 points and pulling down 16 boards. This is Chicago’s 7th win in their last 8 games.
LAC over POR, 74-71
Blake Griffin scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Clippers outlasted the Blazers. Mo Williams added 17 points and 6 boards off the bench, while Chris Paul chipped in with 13 points and 6 rebounds, helping LA get their 4th win in its last 5. Portland, meanwhile, has lost three of four and squandered an 18-point lead in the third quarter.

Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
Danny Granger (IND) – 32
Deron Williams (NJN) – 29
Kris Humphries (NJN) – 24
Luol Deng (CHI) & Carlos Boozer (CHI) – 23

Danny Granger is one of the best flex-forward-guards in
the league. So why isn't he an All-Star?

Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
Joakim Noah (CHI) – 16
Carlos Boozer (CHI) – 15
Blake Griffin (LAC) – 14

Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
Luol Deng (CHI) – 10
Rajon Rondo (BOS) – 8

Luol Deng -- that's using your head!
(image by Jonathan Daniels/Getty Images)

Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
Paul George (IND) & Chris Paul (LAC) – 4
A LOT with 2

Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
DeAndre Jordan (LAC) – 4
Shelden Williams (NJN) & Kris Humphries (NJN) – 3

Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
Luol Deng (CHI) – 6
Danny Granger (IND) – 4
Ray Allen (BOS) – 3

Feb. 16, 2012 First Five
C – Kevin Garnett (BOS) – 18pts, 10rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blks
F – Kris Humphries (NJN) – 24pts, 10rebs, 3asts, 3blks
F – Carlos Boozer (CHI) – 23pts, 15rebs, 5asts
G – Danny Granger (IND) – 32pts, 5rebs, 4 treys, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk
G – Deron Williams (NJN) – 29pts, 6rebs, 4asts

KG sends one over Omer Asik as the Celtics
bow to the Bulls.

Honorable Mention:
Luol Deng (CHI) – 23pts, 10asts, 4rebs, 1blk
Blake Griffin (LAC) – 21pts, 14rebs, 1ast, 1blk
Rajon Rondo (BOS) – 17pts, 8asts, 7rebs, 1stl

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*Game recaps were compiled and compressed from the Sports Network.
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