MIAMI — Chunks of skin are still missing from Kris Humphries’ right hand. Surgery between his pinky and ring finger took place Oct. 10, yet Humphries’ fingers still feel funky, if they feel at all.
He was out of rhythm and ineffective in Wednesday’s opener against the Heat after preseason surgery to repair nerve damage in his pinky finger. A 2-for-6 night and three personal fouls in 13:21 showed that.
Humphries has no sensation in the pinky. He is also playing with his ring and pinky fingers held together by a black wrap on his shooting hand.
“It’s feeling a lot better,” Humphries said. “I’ve just got to get a little more used to the ball and not having all the feeling in it. But, yeah, felt good to get out there and play. I haven’t played like that in a long time.”
Humphries has not played in a game since cutting his finger in the preseason opener in Chicago.
Everything about Humphries’ injury has been odd. From cutting an area on the rim to produce nerve damage and necessitate surgery to the timeline he was told for the return of feeling: two weeks to six months. The surgery was done specifically so Humphries would have sensation in his finger come back.
“I’ve just got to get used to it,” Humphries said. “Get my rhythm with the team.”
The Wizards (0-1) will have much more frontcourt help Thursday against the Orlando Magic (0-1) when they play their second consecutive divisional road game. Power forwards Nene and DeJuan Blair will be active after serving one-game suspensions during the opener for their involvement in a preseason altercation with the Bulls.
Humphries said he is hopeful the team can pick up some wins as he learns how to adapt after the surgery.