It's unlikely Doc Rivers ever planned on employing a lineup of Avery Bradley, Von Wafer, Jeff Green, Glen Davis and Troy Murphy. But that was the unit on the court for extended stretches in last night's 115-103 win over the Phoenix Suns at the Garden.

Rivers will have no choice but to throw some odd combinations on the court as he incorporates a host of new faces in the wake of the recent roster shakeup. And things won't get easier as he'll eventually need to work in the injured trio of Delonte West, Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal.

West is expected back from a sprained right ankle Sunday in Milwaukee, Shaq could be back next week from an inflamed right Achilles' tendon, and there is no timetable on Jermaine's return from his troublesome left knee.

"It's tough now because you don't have your unit yet," Rivers said. "And you need Delonte out there. (Nenad) Krstic would be in the second unit at times when Shaq's in. So it's just really tough to get a rhythm with that unit."

It was especially tough for Murphy, who logged 14:11 last night. That's approximately how much time he had to learn any of the Celtics sets in a pregame cram session after being signed off waivers yesterday afternoon. His offensive repertoire basically involved running around setting picks or waiting on the perimeter for a kick-out.

"I was glad to get out there," said Murphy, who had one point and two rebounds. "I felt rusty. I haven't played in a game since a couple of months actually, the beginning of January. I was a little rusty, but excited to be out there."

There were times when the C's were clicking that Murphy seemed simply amazed to be part of such a strong team. The 10-year veteran has never played in a postseason game.