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Troy Murphy is close to returning

04.04.11 at 5:19 pm ET

Troy Murphy got through a full practice on Monday and is eying a return to the lineup on Tuesday when the Celtics play the 76ers. Murphy hasn’t played since March 24 when he injured his ankle in practice. “It feels better, a lot better,” Murphy said.  “I’€™m feeling good. Hopefully I feel good [Tuesday] and I’€™m good to go.”

As with all injured players, the Celtics will wait to see how his ankle responds in the morning following the workout, but if he can play, Celtics coach Doc Rivers plans to use him.

Time is running out for Murphy to make an impact before the playoffs. He’s seen action in just 11 games and averaged just over two points and two rebounds per game. He’s shooting just over 40 percent and is 0-for-7 on 3-pointers. Still, if he can contribute something over the last week and a half, Murphy may still have a chance to have a playoff role considering all the injuries and uncertainty up front.

Murphy, though, is undaunted. “I always feel like I have something to prove,” he said.

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