The return of Jermaine O'Neal, the indispensable play of Jeff Foster, and the emergence of Shawne Williams have all reduced Troy Murphy's role with the Pacers.
After starting for much of November, Murphy's shot has abandoned him of late. The clanks combined with O'B's desire for running the floor both ways and better defense has put Murphy in a position where he logged a DNP-Coaches Decision against Phoenix on Tuesday. There was no mention of injury, so I'm assuming the matchup combined Murph's play of late kept him on the pine.
On his radio show last week, O'B mentioned his desire for Murph to shed a few LBS to improve his agility. Toward the end of the Western roadie, O'B decided to make a change and remove Murph from his starting role. O'B's running a meritocracy with no apologies.
Now, if O'B could only find way for Kareem Rush and Travis Diener make some shots.