BOSTON -- Expressing excitement about joining a team with championship expectations, Troy Murphy arrived in Boston Wednesday hoping to aid that cause in any way he can.
A veteran of 639 regular-season games, Murphy has never appeared in a postseason contest and, after securing a buyout from the Golden State Warriors earlier this week, landing with a contender was tops on his priority list.
"That was the most important factor, going to a team that was going to not only be in the playoffs, but for a long playoff run," said Murphy. "Looking at the teams, the Celtics have all the potential to do that."
But so do the Miami Heat, who were finalists for his services as well, but Murphy liked what he heard as Celtics coach Doc Rivers delivered a recruitment pitch earlier this week.
“I think it’s the way they play," said Murphy. "I think, watching both teams, I fit in better with the way Boston plays, the way they spread the floor, and I just like the way that they play."
Before Wednesday's game, Rivers said he wasn't sure if he'd even put the crash-coursed Murphy into the starting lineup. But there he was in his new No. 30 jersey checking in for Kevin Garnett with 2:13 to play in the first quarter. He missed his first shot -- a 3-pointer -- but hit a free throw early in the second quarter for his first Boston points.
"We may throw him out there, we may not, we'll just see how the game's going," said Rivers. "We just gotta figure out some practice time for all these guys. We've made a lot of moves, obviously, with very few practice days and little time, so we just have to figure this out on the fly."