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Kris Humphries to start as Hawks change up lineup again

Hawks are scrapping the small lineup.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

After going with a small lineup for two straight games, the Atlanta Hawks are switching things up again and going with a more traditional look. Kris Humphries will move into the team’s starting lineup according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore replacing Kyle Korver.

The choice of Humphries is odd only because he had completely disappeared from the lineup in recent weeks. He received DNP-CD’s in five of the last six games and hasn’t seen rotational minutes since early December. Humphries is averaging 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds but is shooting just 39 percent from the field so far this season.

Atlanta will also be without shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. who made the trip but was ruled out earlier this afternoon. Hardaway suffered a strained groin in the first quarter of Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota. Sitting out tonight will give him three straight off days in the hope that he could be ready for Monday’s rematch against the Timberwolves.