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"Considerable Progress" for Murphy

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The Nets released the following update on Troy Murphy's back on Monday afternoon...

New Jersey Nets forward Troy Murphy has made considerable progress following treatment for a low back strain/inflammation, but will not play in either of the Nets two preseason games this week against New York and Boston.  Murphy is expected to resume practice with the team this weekend.

Before leaving on their world tour, the Nets had suggested that Murphy was unlikely to play in the October 27 opener. Monday's statement doesn't discuss whether he will be available vs. the Pistons.