Humphries finds game

Kris Humphries dunks in the first half of action between the Toronto Raptors and the Dallas...

Kris Humphries dunks in the first half of action between the Toronto Raptors and the Dallas Mavericks at the Air Canada Centre December 12th, 2007. (Sun Media/Dave Abel)

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

Raptors' Chris Bosh said power forward Kris Humphries has been the team's most valuable player the past couple of games because he is playing within himself, and not trying to do too much.

Humphries is shooting 68% (14-for-21) from the field in the club's past two contests, while averaging 16.5 points. He tied his career-high 17 points in Toronto's 104-93 win at Indianapolis on Friday night.

"He has been aggressive, he has been a force on the boards, he has been playing good defence, he has been knocking down shots. He has been playing an all-round good game for us," Bosh said. "We've been waiting on him to break out of his shell, and for a long time, he was having trouble understanding his role. But I think now he knows his role and he's not looking (for shots) at the wrong time. He used to try to force stuff and as a result he wasn't playing that much."

Head coach Sam Mitchell has been preaching to Humphries not to try to force anything on offence, but concentrate on two things, rebounding and defending, which he has lately.

"That was a huge hurdle, getting him to understand that. We need Kris to play, but we need him to play the way he's playing," said Mitchell, who has played Humphries an average of 32.8 minutes the past two games. "I'm not saying he's going to get 16 points and 12 rebounds (every game), but he needs to bring that physical, mental toughness to our basketball team."

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