For Celtics' Lee, knowing role is half the battle


For Celtics' Lee, knowing role is half the battle

WALTHAM Know your role.

For all the Ubuntu chatter, for all that goes into dictating how well or woeful the Celtics play, this concept - knowing your role - is at the heart of what being a Boston Celtic is about.

For newcomer Courtney Lee, part of knowing his role is to embrace the reality that while the quality of his shots will improve in Boston, the quantity will likely decrease.

Lee is averaging 6.7 shots per game thus far, which would be a career-low for him.

The 6-foot-5 guard has no problem with his role, but admits it will take some time to get used to.

"It's a big adjustment from last year," said Lee, who spent the past two seasons in Houston. "Last year I was more of a go-get-it in transition, pick-and-roll offense, reading (coverages) and now it's making sure I'm in the right spots and ready to shoot."

One of the reasons Boston was so eager to add Lee was because of his ability to knock down corner 3-pointers - only former Celtic Ray Allen had a higher shooting percentage on corner 3s than Lee last season.

Because of Rajon Rondo's ability to break down defenses, Lee has had a number of better-than-average looks at the basket that simply haven't gone down for him.

"With this offense, I'm going to get a whole bunch of open looks," Lee said. "With timing and comfort, it'll start falling."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers is always looking for ways for his players to contribute.

But getting more shots for Lee doesn't exactly rank high on his list of priorities.

"If you want me concerned with guys getting shots, it's Paul (Pierce), Kevin (Garnett), (Rajon) Rondo, Jet (Jason Terry) ... the other guys, their shots will come through the offense. So it's not anything that I'm concerned by. Courtney will make shots."

Following Boston's 89-86 win at Washington on Saturday, Lee had four points but missed five of his seven shot attempts.

Not surprisingly, he wasn't happy with his play offensively after the game.

"We were talking after the game, the wide open shots he missed," Rivers recalled. "He's just not used to getting that many. He has to be a ready shooter."

Which is a role that Lee is gradually getting to know.

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)


TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

G Alex Lewis (ankle)

G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.