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What Troy Murphy brings to the Celtics

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What Troy Murphy brings to the Celtics

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

After nearly a week of speculation, the question of Troy Murphys new team has been resolved.

A league source has confirmed to CSNNE.com that the forward will sign with the Boston Celtics, filling one of the roster spots created when the Cs traded five players at the deadline. Marc Stein of ESPN.com first reported Murphys decision.

So what does this mean for the Celtics?

Versatility
Murphys size (6-11, 245 pounds) and shooting abilities gives him the rebounding skills of a big man and the long-range game of a guard. Last season he averaged 10.2 rebounds per game while knocking down 128 3-pointers (38.4) with the Indiana Pacers.

Expect Murphy to spread the floor, one of the Celtics biggest weapons, while being a reliable contributor on the glass. And with managing the starters minutes a priority, Murphy gives Doc Rivers options off the bench at more than one position.

Veteran Experience
Murphy, 30, has been in the league for nine years. But after appearing in 639 games, he has yet to see the postseason. This could actually be an advantage to the Celtics.

Even though Murphy has never battled through the playoffs, he comes to Boston hungry to win. At this stage in his career, he isnt trying to showcase his skills - he has proven those already. Veteran players come to Boston to win, and Murphy will have a shot at it after all these years.

He Isnt Going to Miami
The Celtics and Heat emerged as the frontrunners to land Murphy after he was traded from the New Jersey Nets and bought out by the Golden State Warriors. Had Murphy signed with the Heat, he would have given them a legitimate backup to Chris Bosh, an area in which they lack depth. The Heat will still make a playoff run without Murphy, but their frontline would have been more challenging with him on the court.

What now?
The Celtics still have space available on the roster to add another piece. According to multiple reports, they are interested in swingman Corey Brewer, who was bought out by the New York Knicks. Brewer was a draft prospect in 2007, the year the Cs drafted now-Celtic Jeff Green. Former Celtic Leon Powe had expressed in interest in returning to Boston after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but dont expect the power forward to land back on the Celtics now that Murphy is coming to town.

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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Larkin rises to occasion, says he's ready when Celtics call his number

Larkin rises to occasion, says he's ready when Celtics call his number

PHILADELPHIA – Near the end of a preseason game against Charlotte, Boston Celtics guard Shane Larkin was killin’ the Hornets with pick-and-roll action.

It was a preseason game that at the time, didn’t seem to have much value other than to get some of the end-of-the-bench guys a little run up and down the court.

But as it turned out, Larkin's play in that game was one of those things head coach Brad Stevens tucked away, knowing at some point he would count on Larkin to provide similar play in a regular season game.

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Well, that game was Friday night at Philadelphia, a game in which several players for Boston stepped their games up in helping the Celtics get their first win of the season, 102-92.

But you would be hard-pressed to find a bigger game-changer for the Celtics in this game, than Larkin.

He finished with 10 points off the bench, eight of which came in the decisive fourth quarter when the Celtics rallied from five-down to get a hard-fought, much-needed victory.

“You have to always be ready for your name to be called, especially when you have injuries,” Larkin said. “You never know whose night it’s gonna be.”

Boston was playing without Marcus Smart who suffered a left ankle sprain in their 108-100 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday. Smart was in the starting lineup having replaced Gordon Hayward who underwent left ankle surgery and is expected to be out for the remainder of this season.

“When coach (Stevens) called my name, I had to go out there and be aggressive, play my game,” Larkin said. “And it worked in our favor.”

And while Stevens had watched Larkin play prior to the Celtics signing him this summer, it was a preseason game against Charlotte that really convinced him that the 5-foot-11 guard could help when called upon.

“You’re always watching,” Stevens said. “And if you remember that exhibition game, he finished out that Charlotte game, just running simple spread pick-and-rolls. He’s such a handful with his speed and quickness, and he allows other guys to play off of him. He’s a small guy, but he makes up for it with his speed and skill.”

Al Horford benefited more than any other Celtic with Larkin’s pick-and-roll play which factored into Horford scoring nine of his 17 points in the fourth.

“Shane is a player who understands the game and for us, it was me trying to set a good screen for him and having him make a play,” Horford said. “He just made the right reads, when to shoot it, when to pass it. He just looked very comfortable in that position.”

And to think that Larkin’s big game came about in part because of how well he performed in a preseason matchup against the Hornets.

“I did not know it was that specific game,” Larkin said. “But whenever I step on the court I try to do my best. That’s offensively, defensively, and do what the team needs me to do.

Larkin added, “Whenever my number is called, if he (Stevens) calls it again, I hope he does. I’ll be ready to go out there and do it again.”

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