Friday, March 22, 2013
Mild ankle sprain for Lee
By Chris Forsberg
Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee suffered a mild sprained left ankle in Friday's loss to the Dallas Mavericks and is day-to-day, according to the team. His availability for Saturday's visit to Memphis is uncertain.
Lee landed awkwardly on an opponent's foot while trying to defend on the perimeter as Boston made a late-game charge. Play continued with Lee on the ground and O.J. Mayo buried a clinching 3-pointer that pushed Dallas' lead to eight with 81 seconds to play.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters that he hadn't gotten an update from the training staff, but noted, "[Lee] said he was good; we'll see [Saturday]."
Later Rivers added: "I didn’t think it was major injury, I can tell you that. I was hoping that he could get up, because we needed him to get up at that point. The damnedest play, you’re down five, making a run, and you got a guy laying on the floor, it felt like it took 40 seconds [and] they make a 3. We were stuck, do you foul? Down five, you don’t want to take a foul, you’re just hoping someone misses a shot and somehow we got a rebound. But it didn’t work out for us."
Lee has appeared in all 68 games for Boston this season, including 36 starts. If he can't suit up in Memphis, the Celtics could look to Jason Terry or Jordan Crawford to step into that role -- or shuffle Paul Pierce to more of a guard spot and insert Jeff Green into the starting lineup.