We all expect Courtney Lee to be a big part of the team's success this season. So far, in the preseason, his shoot has been short much of the time as he has hit just 4 of 15 shots from beyond the arc. For a player who has shot almost 40% from beyond the arc over his career, his inability to hit from deep this season so far has been a bit puzzling. But the Herald posted a story that explains it.
Now Lee is in a better position to help even more. Even though he’s still made just 4-of-15 3-pointers, his outside shot is coming around — and there’s a physical reason for that. He was injured on Sept. 6 and didn’t get back playing until Sept. 28, a critical period to miss for a player seeking to come full speed into training camp.
“A lot of people don’t know that I was out three weeks before training camp, so I’m still trying to get my legs 100 percent back,” Lee said. “So you notice a lot of my shots, they’re not long they’re short. So that means I’ve got to get my legs back into it.”
So, he's been working his way back from being out for 3 weeks with a deep thigh bruise and now he's getting his groove back. We'll get to see more of what he can do in the season opener, I'm sure. But one thing that we are seeing is his defense. He is proving to be a very good defender. Doc said that he was the best defender against the Nets in the last game.
He also runs the floor very well and in that game, it was so much fun to see him running the floor with Rondo and the opportunities that's going to give the Celtics going forward. He's going to get most of his time at the shooting guard position, but he also has the size to play the 3 in a small lineup and he handles the ball well enough to play the point in some situations. That also allows him to take some pressure off of Rondo when he's on the court. Once he gets his legs back under him and gets used to the system, his versatility and talents are going to be one of the keys to the Celtics success this season.
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