Courtney Lee not concerned about shooting slump


Courtney Lee not concerned about shooting slump

SAN ANTONIO For those NBA teams that have been feeling a bit of buyer's remorse from their offseason signings, today could not get here quick enough.

Beginning today, a number of players signed this summer are trade-eligible.

And while it's highly unlikely there will be any activity on the trade front in the next 24 hours, it's a given that teams will start to line up those players that they wouldn't mind shipping off to another team.

The Boston Celtics don't seem all that inclined to pull the trigger on any deals soon, but that won't stop the speculation surrounding Courtney Lee.

The 6-foot-5 wing acquired via sign-and-trade by the Celtics this summer from Houston, has had his struggles adjusting to his new team and more important, his new role.

His biggest challenge has been hitting 3s which was among the many reasons why the Celtics wanted to add him to the mix this season.

And while his 29.4 percent shooting from 3s this season isn't anywhere close to what he's used to, Lee isn't too concerned.


Because he's accustomed to getting off to slow starts shooting the ball, only to improve as the season progresses.

In his four NBA seasons, Lee's 3-point shooting has only dipped once after the first 20 games played.

"Shots are going to fall or not," Lee told "It just comes with repetition. I'm always in the gym getting shots up. The more I'm out there, the more I get that feel, the more the shots are going to fall. So I'm not worried about it."

The biggest adjustment for Lee has to do with getting fewer opportunities to score.

"Playing with all-stars like Rondo, Paul (Pierce) and KG, you know there aren't going to be a lot of shots available," Lee said. "But I'm OK with that. Just as long as we're winning, getting better. That's all I really care about."

Gronkowski takes exception to Cowboys’ ‘Do Your Job’ sign


Gronkowski takes exception to Cowboys’ ‘Do Your Job’ sign

The Dallas Cowboys have a “Do Your Job” sign posted in their locker room and “Gronk Nation” isn’t happy about it.

Here’s an excerpt from “Gronk Nation” - the website of Rob Gronkowski and his family - about “America’s Team” co-opting the slogan of the 2014 Patriots' Super Bowl run: 

While we all know that the Pats thrashed the Cowboys 30-6 last October and Dallas hasn’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1995 season, so they need all the motivation they can get – but can’t America’s Team come up with their own slogan instead of stealing ours?









First impressions of Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to Rays


First impressions of Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field:


* When the guy who was 0-for-34 produces the go-ahead RBI, it's probably not your day.

The Red Sox and Rays were tied 1-1 in the seventh when Steven Souza Jr. singled to lead off the inning. That brought Mikie Mahtook, hitless in his last 34 at-bats to the plate.

Naturally, Mahtook roped a line-drive double to left field, scoring Souza all the way from first base. It was that kind of day for the Red Sox, who were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and stranded five baserunners.

For a team that still leads the majors in runs scored, the Red Sox have shown an uncanny ability to go cold at the plate.

On Thursday afternoon, that happened again, while the most unlikely hero for Tampa Bay came through in an improbable spot.


* The Red Sox' struggles with the bases loaded is almost comical.

It happened again.

In the sixth inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases with no out. Mookie Betts then hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring one run. Hanley Ramirez then walked, re-loading the bases, this time with one out.

But Jackie Bradley Jr. then swung at the first pitch and hit into an inning-ending, rally-killing 4-6-3 double play.

In two plate appearances with the bases loaded, the Sox failed to get a hit.

The Sox are hitting .216 with the bases loaded (24-for-111), ranking them 14th in the American League. Only Seattle and Detroit have had more bases-loaded opportunities, and yet the Red Sox rank in the second half in runs scored in such situations.


* Drew Pomeranz is showing no signs of innings fatigue

True, Pomeranz failed to provide a shutdown inning in the sixth after the Red Sox had gotten him a run in the top of the inning.

Still, Pomeranz pitched into the seventh and allowed just two runs while striking out a season-high 11 batters.

In his past five starts, he's compiled a 2.37 ERA, and both the power to his fastball and the sharpness to his curve offer no evidence that he's hit any sort of wall despite already establishing a career high at the major league level with five weeks remaining in the season.