Nenad Krstic and Troy Murphy were able to suit up and practice on Monday clearing the way for a possible return on Tuesday night against potential first round opponent the Philadelphia 76ers.
Krstic, who has been out with a bruised right knee since March 31st, is less likely to suit up should he have a set back during the Tuesday morning shoot around. A fate most Celtic fans would accept considering the original fear was that the injury was thought to be a season ending one.
Troy Murphy, out since March 23rd with an ankle sprain, was able to move more freely during practice and should be able to suit up and provide the C’s with some much needed support in the front court.
Said head coach Doc Rivers regarding Murphy: “If he can play, we’ll play him. Again, we’ve got to make sure. He went through the whole practice, and you never know what happens overnight with an ankle and swelling and all that.”
Side note, the Celtics were able to practice 14 of their 15 players with Shaquille O’Neal as the lone Celtic sitting out. Not bad considering the amount of injuries the team has had to deal with over the last few weeks.