Troy Murphy has averaged 20.3 ppg, 14.6 rpg and 3.3 apg in Danny Granger's absence.
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When this year's biggest surprise, Danny Granger (25.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.1 apg), went down with a partially torn tendon in his right foot there was a gaping hole in the Indiana Pacers offense just waiting for someone to grab hold of the opportunity and run with it.
That player has been forward Troy Murphy. Murphy has been primarily known as just a rebounding threat in fantasy circles during his three years in Indianapolis. Even at Golden State he had never averaged more than 15.4 ppg in a season. But it is Murphy who is taking on more of the scoring since Granger has been out of the lineup.
Including the game in which Granger was hurt in the first quarter (at Charlotte), Murphy has averaged 20.3 ppg, 14.6 rpg and 3.3 apg in his absence. The team has won its last two games as it heads into tonight's game with the run-and-gun New York Knicks.
In New York, Murphy will face a player in David Lee that is almost the mirror image of himself. Both are hard-working guys who don't get much of the press, but give it 100% every night and their statistic won't hurt you. Lee has a higher scoring average, but Murphy has a three-point shot in his repertoire.
At least for the next three weeks, while Granger is out of the lineup, I'd expect big things from Murphy.