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Saturday, November 16, 2013
Leftovers: Lee aids reserve squad

By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics can thank their bench for keeping the team close in Friday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. While Boston's first unit labored (the starters were a combined 14-of-42 shooting -- including 0-for-7 beyond the 3-point arc -- for a total of 39 points), the primary five-man reserve group headlined by Jared Sullinger combined to put up 57 points on 23-of-39 shooting (finishing 7-of-11 shooting beyond the arc).

Courtney Lee chipped in nine points for that second unit along with two assists, two blocks and a rebound over 17:20. Lee isn't playing big minutes this season, but he's making the most of his floor time. He remains one of Boston's most efficient offensive players, averaging 1.104 points per play, according to Synergy Sports data, and that ranks him in the 92nd percentile among all league players.

"I feel I’m just getting to the right spots and my teammates are finding me," said Lee. "The shots I’m getting, the ball is falling for the majority of them. For the most part, I think [I'm more consistent]. That’s one thing, the more individually that everybody on the team is consistent with what they do, the more our team will be."

A handful of leftovers after Friday's loss to the Blazers: