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All in for game 1?: Humphries hopes to return for the Wizards season opener

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After injuring his hand in the preseason opener against the Bulls, Kris Humphries is working to rejoin the Wizards in time for their opening night game against the Heat.

Jonathan Daniel

The Wizards frontcourt rotation for the season opener against Miami was looking pretty thin.  After a summer of building depth down low through acquiring and retaining big men, suspensions and injuries threatened to leave the Wizards with a frontline of just Marcin Gortat, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin for their first game.  Help may be on the way, however, as injured forward Kris Humphries is aiming to get himself healthy and available for the Wizards season opener on October 29th.

Humphries preseason was cut short when he sliced his hand on the win in the Wizards preseason opener in Chicago. Since then, he has undergone surgery to repair nerve damage and has been unable to use his right hand.  That should change this week, as the Washington Post reports that Humphries is due to have the stitches removed and he hopes to be cleared for practice over the next week.  The importance of his early return is heightened by the fact that Nene and Dejuan Blair will be suspended for the game one for leaving the bench in a scuffle in the preseason opener.

There's one key test that Humphries says he needs to pass to be able to return to the basketball court: "It's just a matter of being able to catch the ball."