Murphy more comfortable in the Celts' system


Murphy more comfortable in the Celts' system

By A.Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON The Boston Celtics' 87-56 thumping of the Milwaukee Bucks afforded a number of players a chance to see more action than usual.

Nobody needed that extra time on the floor more than Troy Murphy.

Of all the new Celtics, Murphy has clearly been the one who has struggled the most adapting to his new teammates.

But he's also the one who has spent the most time prior to coming to Boston not playing.

On Sunday, Murphy reminded us that despite his struggles in Boston, he's still capable of making plays. He scored a season-high 11 points against the Bucks.

"Troy just needed to see the ball go in the hoop once or twice, so that was good," said coach Doc Rivers.

When Murphy signed with the Celtics, they added him because of his ability to spread the floor from the power forward or center position.

After missing his first 10 shots as a Celtic, Murphy has connected on six of his last eight.

The nine-year veteran will be the first to tell you that developing a rhythm in limited minutes is not easy.

That's why getting a chance to play more than 17 minutes -- he hadn't played that much in one game since logging 22 minutes with New Jersey against the Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 19 -- was so important to his play not only on Sunday, but moving forward.

"We haven't had that many practices and it felt good to go out there and get in a rhythm," Murphy said.

Kevin Garnett echoed similar sentiments about Murphy.

"It's good to see him play well," Garnett told reporters Sunday night. "He's trying to find a rhythm. He hasn't played for a while. He's trying to figure out ways to help this team. We're trying to help him. So just for him to have a good game was much needed and I'm happy for him."

Now the challenge for Murphy is to build off Sunday's performance.

With Glen Davis back in the lineup following a four-game absence due to a left knee injury, there are likely to be fewer opportunities for Murphy in the near future as far as extended minutes on the floor.

In addition to the C's having a different system than the ones he has been in before, Murphy acknowledged that the responsibilities of big men in the Celtics system are greater than what he's used to elsewhere.

"Every system you give something up," Murphy said. "This system, you're not giving anything up so it's a big difference."

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Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

BOSTON – Two of the NBA’s biggest names on the trade market, Serge Ibaka and DeMarcus Cousins, changed zip codes (Ibaka to Toronto from Orlando; Cousins to New Orleans from Sacramento) without the Celtics showing much interest in swinging a deal for either player.
Could it be because they had their sights set on Detroit’s Andre Drummond all along?
Pistons general manager/head coach Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about talking with lots of teams about his players leading up to the trade deadline, well aware that his team has been one of the league’s biggest underachievers.

Detroit (27-30) is eighth in the Eastern Conference, trailing Cleveland by 13 games.
Drummond was reportedly offered to Sacramento as part of a deal for Cousins, so it should not come as a surprise that his name has found its way into the rumor mill.
Still, Drummond only added fuel to the rumor mill fire by re-tweeting the eyeball emojis posted by the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, something Thomas did shortly before Boston added Al Horford to the mix last summer.

And then Drummond followed that up by posting his own set of eyeball emojis on Tuesday which adds to the speculative nature of this trade deadline season,  which will end Thursday at 3 p.m.

Drummond, a former UConn standout, is an easy-going, fun-loving guy, so the emoji stuff isn’t all that out of character for him. But he also changed his Twitter profile picture to him waiving goodbye, as well as removed Pistons information from his bio.

Is he pulling our leg, or giving a heads-up that the Celtics are close to pulling off a trade?
A league source tells that no deal is imminent, but Boston is a possible landing spot for Drummond if the Pistons are in fact planning on trading him which the source said, “is not a definite. Stan knows he has to do something significant with that team, if not at the deadline definitely this summer. So, he’s looking to find out the value for all his guys, Drummond included.”