It hasn't been the easiest season for Troy Murphy.
He has slipped in and out of the rotation, averaging 3.3 points and 3.4 rebounds, though he might be the Lakers' starting center Tuesday against New Jersey.
There are early indications Andrew Bynum won't be out long with a moderately sprained left ankle, but Murphy started at center when the Lakers took the court for the second half of their 120-112 victory Sunday against Golden State.
"Hopefully he gets back soon, but I'm just ready to play whenever I have to," said Murphy, who had eight points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. "It's difficult going in and playing three or four minutes at a time like I've been doing the last few weeks. Any time you can get in there and get up and down the court more often, you feel comfortable."
Murphy, 31, was a top-notch rebounder and smooth shooter until his production dropped dramatically last season.
He hurt his back two weeks before the 2010-11 season opener and averaged only 3.1 points and...