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Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 5:06 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

According to ESPN.com, recently bought out Troy Murphy will sign with the Boston Celtics.

Muprhy was traded from New Jersey to Golden State at the trade deadline, but was bought out by the Warriors Monday. It came down to the Heat and Celtics, but Murphy eventually chose Boston.

Initially there were conflicting reports on where Murphy was headed as Yahoo! Sports reported he signed with the Heat, but Murphy himself confirmed his signing with the Celtics to ESPN.com.

Funny that a guy that's only played in 18 games this season and is averaged less than four points per game was as highly coveted as Murphy. But he is a big body at 6-11 and really it came down to more of a game of chicken between the Heat and Celtics than anything else. The other didn't want the other to get him.

The Celtics eventually won out and are hoping that Murphy can add a boost to their now thin interior unit. After trading away Kendrick Perkins, Luke Harangody and Semih Erden, the Celtics were weakened inside. They're hoping Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal will bounce back from injuries, but obviously they feel the need for help now.

Other than having an extremely Boston sounding name, Murphy gives the Celtics a nice inside-out threat from power forward. He's a good 3-point shooter (career 39.1 percent from deep) and is just a season removed from averaging a double-double. While he found himself in Avery Johnson's doghouse in New Jersey, he really is a nice player.

The Celtics are hoping he can add a nice little boost the same way P.J. Brown did in 2007-08 when Brown signed late in the season for the playoff push. Like Brown, Murphy is a heady veteran that rebounds well and can hit a jumpshot. Except Murphy's range extends out to the 3-point line.

Muprhy will help, no doubt, but the best part about this deal is that Miami doesn't get him. The Heat wanted him badly as they're desperately searching for an extra scoring big as Juwan Howard, Jamaal Magloire and Erick Dampier have proved a bit unreliable. But the Celtics won the Murphy sweepstakes and got a little bit better as a result.
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Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

Showtime,

"Still, if the Lake show can get by the West and either face Boston or Miami in the finals with the minimal front lines that those two teams possess it will be easier to collect banner #17."

I'm glad you stated that you are more concerned about the Thunder now... I think the Spurs are the real deal this year, and something worth worrying about, especially with home court advantage.

However, you just stated that the Celtics have a "minimal" front lines.  So, think about this:

You guys collected banner #16 in a SEVEN-GAME series with the Celtics.  They did not have Kendrick Perkins to close Game #6 or #7...  You won the title in Game 7 when RASHEED WALLACE was relied on to hold down the fort at center.  This year, if Shaq gets healthy, you'll have to deal with a hungry Diesel, Nenad Kristic, and Troy Murphy (PF technically, I know).  They still have Glen Davis and Kevin Garnett of course... 

I like the Celtics chances in a seven games series with Shaq, Kristic, and Murphy to bang around with Pau Gasol and Bynum, rather than Rasheed.  ESPECIALLY if the Celtics have home court advantage this time around...

So, instead of bashing the Celtics for this trade, maybe you should consider that they're a little better than the banged up team you guys took down in Game 7 (Especially with Pierce in better shape this year and Rajon Rondo has improved).  Also, they gave the valuable asset to OKC Thunder, a team which won two games in the first game last year, prior to Russel Westbrook's excellent improvement this year.

I think and hope the Lakers run is over, no three-peat.  I enjoy a good debate, and look forward to you response.  Take care.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

greenmonsta:  After attempting to decipher your last rant, I will try to address some of your points.  If I am in error, it is probably because I am unsure what point you were trying to make with your lack of sentence structure.

I didn't think all of the bigs were going to be starting for the Celtics.  I never made any inclination toward that idea.  However, they will be getting minutes and all I was saying was that the bigs of Krstic, Murphy and the O'Neals don't make the Celtics better than the 2009 version.  Perkins complimented that team much better.  True basketball fans, and Celtic fans, surely have to see that.  This is a stop gap for this season.  Ainge is trying to fill a huge hole in the middle.  Getting rid of Perkins was purely business, but it does make the Celtics front line weaker.

As for Green, he is a good role player.  I don't think he is going to make the difference in that Celtic lineup.  Not enough balls to go around.  With OKC it was either Durant, Westbrook or Green.  With Boston he will have to compete with Pierce, Allen, Garnett, Rondo and et al for touches. 

You mentioned Delonte West?  Seriously, you are relying on West to make an impact in the playoffs.  Not necessary to even respond to that one. 

As a Laker fan I am more worried about OKC now that Perkins is there than I am about San Antonio.  The Lakers will definitely have their hands full with most of the Western Conference playoff teams.  Still, if the Lake show can get by the West and either face Boston or Miami in the finals with the minimal front lines that those two teams possess it will be easier to collect banner #17.

I guess you wrote FAKERS twice as some type of put down.  That was a good one, you really got me there.  Way to go!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

Redwings - I cannot disagree with you more.  I'm not sure how many Celtics games you see but there is no way Rondo is overrated.  Having seen him hundereds of times on tv and a few times live - this guy adds something very special to the game.  Yes he has great players to pass the ball to but he creates more space than anyone in the game with his ball handling and speed and ability to penetrate through any defense

I've watched him play more then you think.  Is he a good player? Sure.  Is he the superstar some think he is?  No way. 
Point guards in the NBA can all create space or they wouldn't make it to the NBA.  Granted, some are better at it then others but it's not too hard to create space when you aren't the other team's focus.   You said he has great players to pass the ball to but basically dismissed it like it's the norm in the NBA.   There aren't many other teams in the NBA that have what the Celtics have .... those 3 players he gets to play with every single day did amazing things for Rondo's career.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

what moron you dont even get whats going on with this trade, it has nothing to do who starts its about giving the bigs back up and keeping them fresh when the back ups come in, green,krstic and murphy will do fine while there in there.and delante west will be healty, you just worrie about you beating S.A. and OAKL. L.A. FAKERS are going to get beat up so bad if they do make it to the finals who ever they play are going to give them a beat down like they never had before on the FAKERS....



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

Get real, it's not like Kristic, Green or Murphy are moving into the starting line up, they're depth on the bench.  Who wouldn't want a guy who shoots close to 40 percent from the 3, is 6'11, and has the skills to average a double double coming off their bench?  Outside of the big three he's better than anything the Miami Heat can put on the floor and come playoff time he will be a match up nightmare, particularly considering that most of his floor time will find him going up against somebody else's second unit players.  Avery Johnson is an idiot for keeping this guy on the bench and it just goes to show how much of being a good coach in the NBA is all about having good players.   



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

"I don't have to live in Boston to know that Krstic, Murphy and the O'Neals don't equate to a championship front line.  You are fooling yourself to believe otherwise. "

Come talk to Celtics fans again after the Finals are over.

Maybe you're fooling yourself, thinking you have the right to bash the Celtics organization.  Are you a Lakers fan abusing some sense of entitlement?

No one is saying Kristic, Murphy, and the O'Neals are better than Kendrick Perkins, and that is the key to this deal.  Some are arguing that the trade, as a whole, make the Celtics better.  Jeff Green is meant to be a better version of James Posey or Tony Allen, for more than just this year's title run.

With Kendrick Perkins, Game 7 certainly would have been more competitve this year.

Fact:  A healthy SHAQ, Nenad Kristic, and Troy Murphy is a better rotation at Center to have than JUST RASHEED WALLACE. 
(Of course you have Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis who are part of both rotations and get minutes with small lineups)



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

What's with all the illiterates on this board.  I really like how someone creates a new profile just to post some incomprehensible rant.  It's like dropping stupid bombs on everyone else.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:30 am
 

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

I don't have to live in Boston to know that Krstic, Murphy and the O'Neals don't equate to a championship front line.  You are fooling yourself to believe otherwise.  I would like to know what happened to all of the Boston faithful who stated, "When Perkins comes back nothing is going to stop the Celtics!"  "If we only had Perkins in Game 7 we would have beaten LA!"  Now everyone is saying he was oft injured, overrated, wasn't going to sign...etc.  Come on guys you can't straddle the fence like that.  What Ainge has done, coming solely from an outside opinion, is try to patch a hole with a little putty.  He is hoping to get by this year with this stiff front line and do something in the off season.  The acquisitions of Murphy and Krstic do not, I repeat, do not make the Celtics better.  Surely you can see that!



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:15 am
 

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

riight on, the FAKERS better worrie about getting past S.A. than the celtics!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Mar 2, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:01 am
 

Murphy to sign with Celtics; what does he add?

FIRST OFF YOUR NOT WATCHING THE CELTS....THEY ARE FASTER AND BETTER WITHOUT PERK...HE CANT JUMP YES HE IS BIG...THE ONLY WAY THIS TEAM LOSES THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS INJURIY TO 1 OF THE BIG 4....AND I HOPE WE PLAY THE FAKERS YES FAKERS....




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