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Sing it with me now people: “All we are saaayiiiiiing, is give Lee a chaaaance.”
Boston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee is a 27-year-old sharpshooter who can also finish at the rim, yet somehow, he’s lost minutes to Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa.
Like teammate Jeff Green, Lee is a natural-born starter who’s played on the bench for the past few seasons and are worse for the wear because of it.
In just Lee’s second season in the league, he posted career-highs in points (17), steals (1.3), assists (1.7) and rebounds (3.5). After being drafted by Orlando and traded to New Jersey the next season, Lee parlayed his performance with the Nets into a multi-year deal with the Houston Rockets before being traded to Boston.
All the man has done is progressed, and all he’s gotten for his troubles is a plane ticket to a different locale.
What’s more, Lee is losing out on minutes to 35-year-old Jason Terry and barely playing ahead of Leandro Barbosa, who at age 30, has started 34 fewer games than Lee.
Further complicatin the situation is the impending return of third-year guard Avery Bradley, who had two offseason shoulder surgeries and has yet to play a game this season.
Now, I get that Bradley needed only two seasons to establish himself as an elite perimeter defender, but he also has turnover problems the likes of Jeremy Lin.
How much more disrespect can be shoved in Lee’s face?
The Celtics need an offensive closer, are already set defensively, HAVE what they need in Lee, and aren’t using him.
The logic of Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge really can’t get much more perplexing.
I also bring up the fact that, as far as a closer goes, Lee is 3-of-7 for his career on shots that either win or send a game into overtime. For those of you playing at home, that’s 43-percent.
Rajon Rondo has developed the notion that he can knock down jumpers at the end of the game (he can’t) and Paul Pierce doesn’t have anyone to take the defensive pressure off of him since Ray Allen bolted in free agency.
Enter “Corner Three” Courtney Lee (patent pending).
Aside from a seven-point effort on Nov. 2 in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Lee has yet to score less than double figures when given 30+ minutes (four games).
He hasn’t been a focal point in any team’s offense since his lone season in New Jersey, and now’s the time to free him.
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We’ve been waiting for word as to when Avery Bradley would be ready to get back onto the floor.
Well, the word has come. And that when is today.
Celtics guard Avery Bradley, sidelined since mid May due to shoulder issues that required a pair of offseason surgeries, is scheduled to engage in contact activities for the first time during the team’s offday workout on Monday in...
We covered much of Paul Pierce’s work so far over the weekend, but against San Antonio, he showed us a way that he could probably be utilized more as the season progresses.When the Celtics use Pierce in Off Screen plays, he has been pretty average. His efficiency isn’t elite — 0.86 PPP, good for 23rd in the NBA — but it’s sufficient. What’s surprising is that Off Screen...
According to the official Twitter of the Boston Celtics, guard Avery Bradley will practice with the C’s today in Chicago for the first time this season. Doc Rivers tells the media that Avery Bradley will practice with the team for the first time this season today in Chicago. — Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 17, 2012 [...]
Despite being more than two full months away from the trade deadline, the speculation has already started.
No surprise here, the Celtics might be in the market for a big man. David Aldridge has this nugget:
Celts may want another big
Lee agreed to four-year, $21 million contract in a sign-and-trade deal that sent him from Houston to Boston in a three-way trade also involving Portland...
Again, not as much fun as when the Celtics win but still, some good stuff. Boy, Spurs fans hate Jason Terry, just like the Rockets fans did. I guess all those years in Dallas didn't endear him to the other Texas teams. I find it ridiculous that Spurs fans were complaining about the fouls. They had 9 free throws at the half while the Celtics had just 2 from defensive 3...
With a slew of veterans with varying levels of experience, the Boston Celtics have the appearance of a veteran team.
But as Celtics coach Doc Rivers points out, there’s more to having a veteran team than simply throwing together a bunch of guys who have been around the NBA block a few times.
“Where I think people get mixed up, there’s a difference between a veteran team and...
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Avery Bradley returns to full practice
Many fans had high hopes for the Boston Celtics this season with key additions to the roster and added talent. This season has been far from ideal and consistent thus far however for the Celtics. You would have to think it would take a little time for the team to bond and play with the chemistry of a championship caliber team with all of the...
Avery Bradley may want to get fitted for a white 10-gallon hat, or maybe blue tights and a red cape, because if he truly ends up rescuing the Celtics from their current defensive crisis, it will be a feat worthy of the Lone Ranger or Superman.
When the Thunder visited Boston last month, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks could not find enough nice things to say about Bradley. The third...
Does someone else need to start scoring?
After the Celtics 95-94 OT loss in Philly a little over a week ago, Magic Johnson said something on the ESPN post-game show that has stuck with me. Magic stated that in order for Boston to contend, Rajon Rondo was going to have to score 20-25 points a game. While I don't believe Rondo is about to be that guy, I am starting to wonder...
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Molly previews the return of Avery Bradley as he participated in contact drills at Celtics practice for the first time this season yesterday.
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Tip: 8PM Court: United Center Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Jason Phillips, Violet Palmer and Leon Wood
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On road: 4-7
At home: 7-6
Streak: Lost 2
Streak: Lost 1
Buckets: Pierce (19.7 ppg)
Buckets: Luol Deng (17.5 ppg)
To win in the NBA, it takes effort. The Boston Celtics did not bring enough effort, losing to the Chicago Bulls, 100-89.
The Celtics were able to keep things close through three quarters, but let things get away from them in the final frame.
There was just a supreme lack of defensive intensity all night, as the Bulls scored 24-plus points in all four quarters. The Bulls were quicker...