Murphy playing through pain


A broken rib hasn’t slowed down Florida senior forward Erik Murphy.

In four games since being diagnosed with the rib injury, the 6-foot-10 Murphy is averaging 13.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. Murphy scored a team-high 15 points in UF’s 83-52 win last Saturday over Missouri.

Murphy credited UF trainer Dave “Duke” Werner for the extra padding that he’s provided to protect his ribs underneath his jersey.

“Duke pads it up pretty good, so it doesn’t really hurt that much when I get hit on it,” Murphy said. “Just trying to take care of it every day. Ice it. It’s getting better. The longer I wait, the better it’ll get. It’s healing over time, feeling better. But it’s not that bad when I’m playing.”

Murphy doesn’t know a specific timetable when the padding will be removed, but it hasn’t affected his range of motion or his shooting. Murphy is shooting 43.5 percent (10-23) from 3-point range over his last four games.

“That’s up to Duke,” Murphy said. “That’s his … When it stops hurting me or bothering me, he’ll probably want to keep it on even longer to be safe. We’ve got this new padding system he came up with, so it’s easier for me to breathe. It’s not wrapped up really tight right now. It’s a little better now.”

Other notes:

— Former Florida center Marreese Speights was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was part of a salary-dump move by Memphis to get under the luxury tax threshold. Speights will get a chance to contribute right way with Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao out for the season with a blood clot in his lung.

— ESPN’s Joe Lundari still has Florida in Dayton in his latest bracketology, but moved the Gators up to a No. 2 seed in the East Region.



  1. Murphy has really shown some growth and maturity this season. Never thought he would be around to show what he can do after the St. Augustine episode, but I’m glad he’s got himself back on track. He’s our most difficult match-up because of his size and range.

  2. Murphy makes a huge difference to this team. Sometimes it seems the opponents forget he’s so versatile. btw on the opening tip of the Missouri game, when Young tipped the ball to Wilbekin and he scored, did Young get an assist there?

  3. I really appreciate the effort that all of these 2012-13 Gators give, especially with their painful injuries. From Murphy (worst), to Rosario, to Prather…the PLUS is that so far, (Lord Willing) it hasn’t or won’t affect them adversely enough to affect the game’s outcome. The toughness of this team and it’s comradery is so welcoming and pleasant to watch… and to be a FAN OF THIS TEAM is…”great to be a Florida Gator!” GO GATORS! Spank those dirty Dawgs tonight!

  4. I fully concur with the above post about the great effort. This team may not be Donovan’s most talented group ( but it IS talented!), but I don’t think I’ve seen a grittier, harder working group, especially on defense and rebounding. Great to see this, and I think a lot has to do with having some veteran Junior and Senior class guys in the mix, which is becoming less common these days in many of the top programs. Go Gators.