Humphries won't travel due to knee injury

Humphries won't travel due to knee injury
April 5, 2014, 12:00 am
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BOSTON — This is just what the Boston Celtics need - another player goes down with an injury.

Boston big man Kris Humphries will not travel with the team for Saturday night's game at Detroit because of patella tendinitis in his right knee.

This injury might the reason Humphries' production has tailed off lately, with the most noticeable dip being his rebounding.

In Boston's last five games, he has averaged 8.6 points and 3.8 rebounds. The five games prior to that, he averaged 8.8 points and eight rebounds per game.

His injury comes at a position where the Celtics are already short-handed.

Boston center Vitor Faverani underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee on March 7.

Prior to Friday's 111-102 loss to Philadelphia, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that starting shooting guard Avery Bradley (right Achilles' tendon) would not play against the Sixers and was also going to miss Saturday's game against the Pistons.

Stevens added that he will be listed as day-to-day beginning Monday, and is questionable to play in Wednesday's game at Atlanta.

Oh, there's more.

Rajon Rondo, who had his first triple-double of the season against Philadelphia with 11 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds, will also sit out Saturday's game because he does not play in back-to-backs since returning to the lineup following his torn right ACL injury in January of 2013.

The Celtics (23-53) will have nine players in uniform for the game.

With Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk likely to be inserted in the starting lineup for Humphries, look for Joel Anthony to play more minutes than usual as Boston tries to hold their own with Detroit's twin towers, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

And with all the injuries on the perimeter, seldom-used Chris Babb might see some action against Detroit as well.