Wizards’ Kris Humphries has finger surgery, out 3-4 weeks

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While there may be no more ridiculed player off-the-court for his choices (as much as we try to ignore and repress all things Kardashian), on the court he is a solid reserve big man — an efficient scorer who doesn’t use much offense, strong on the glass and physical inside. Just what the Wizards needed to help keep Nene’s minutes down.

But maybe not for the first week or two of the season.

Humphries had surgery to repair nerve damage to the little finger of his right hand after he “lacerated his hand on the rim, between his fourth and fifth phalanxes (small and ring finger)” during the Wizards preseason game this week against the Bulls, the team announced on Friday.

Humphries is expected to be out the three to four weeks. That should have him back early in the season.

As J. Michael notes at CSNWashington.com, Humphries’ absence could be an issue on opening night, where the Wizards are already without Nene and DeJuan Blair, both of whom were suspended by the league for leaving the bench during the silly Joakim Noah/Paul Pierce incident. For opening night it could be Marcin Gortat, Drew Gooden, Kevin Seraphin up front for the Wizards. Maybe Pierce can play a little four in a pinch, but that first game could be interesting down in Miami (where Washington tips off the season).