Lee's return to Houston will come with little emotion


Lee's return to Houston will come with little emotion

BOSTON First it was Jeff Green, then Jason Terry. On Friday Courtney Lee will be the third member of the Boston Celtics to face his former team for the first time this season when the Cs take on the Rockets in Houston Friday night.

Unlike his teammates, though, Lees reunion will not have as many emotional ties. Green was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Celtics halfway through the 2010-11 season and pulled away from some of his best friends. Terry played eight years with the Dallas Mavericks and won a title with the organization. Lee, on the other hand, played just two seasons with the Rockets and joined the Celtics this offseason in a multi-team sign-and-trade that was all part of the business.

I feel nothing, Lee said following the Celtics win over Terrys former team on Wednesday. Its just another game. My situation, it was business so I left there. JETs with Dallas, hes been there for years playing, being one of their go-to guys and with the contract situation they didnt want to extend him, so this game was more personal for him than Houston will be for me.

The New Jersey Nets traded Lee to the Rockets in the summer of 2010 in four-team deal that included the Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Hornets. Trevor Ariza, Darren Collison, Troy Murphy, and James Posey were also moved in the trade.

Lee spent the previous two seasons in Houston, averaging 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists off the bench in 2010-11 and 11.4 points, 2.7 boards, and 1.5 assists last season during which he started in nearly half of his games.

Lee, unlike Terry, didnt leave Houston with a championship the Rockets did not make the playoffs during his time on the team but he took a very important relationship with him when he relocated to Boston. He developed a very close bond with Kevin McHale during his first year as Rockets head coach last season.

McHale recently rejoined the Rockets after suffering the loss of his 23-year-old daughter in November due to complications from Lupus. Lee had spent time with the McHale family and was unaware of Sashas health condition. He reached out to his former coach when he heard the news.

Im happy I get to the chance to go and speak to Coach McHale because me and him were pretty close and what happened with his daughter, we exchanged text messages actually when It happened, Lee said. It was a great relationship, kind of like the one I have with Doc (Rivers). Off the court we would text and talk. We lived in the same building so wed always see each other.

Lee will also say his hellos to his former teammates who are still on the Rockets roster this season. Then it is time to get to work. He doesnt have any ill will toward the Rockets organization, just a desire to help his new team win.

Im happy I get to see Coach McHale and some of the other guys I played with, Lee said. Other than that, theres no real feelings.

Quotes, notes and stars: Wright 'able to neutralize' top of Orioles lineup


Quotes, notes and stars: Wright 'able to neutralize' top of Orioles lineup

BALTIMORE -- Quotes, notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Orioles.



"He was able to neutralize their top half (of the lineup) and that was the biggest thing.'' - John Farrell on Steven Wright.

"He never broke stride, continued in a full-out gait around third base. It was a good heads-up play on his part.'' - Farrell on Mookie Betts scoring all the way from second on a swinging bunt.

"It kind of throws them off because then if I leave one up, I'm hoping the difference in the speed will get them out front.'' - Steven Wright on changing speeds on the knuckleball.

"Yeah, I do. Off the field. Not when I'm at the park, but off the field, I do.'' - Xander Bogaerts, acknowledging that he does think about his ongoing hitting streak.

"It was amazing. Hitting my first home run and putting us ahead three (more) runs, it's awesome.'' - Marco Hernandez on his first major league home run.



* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 23 games with two doubles.

* Marco Hernandez's three-run homer in the eighth inning was his first major league homer.

* Mookie Betts has now reached in 13 straight games against the Orioles.

* Betts has scored 14 runs in his last 11 games.

* In his last seven games, David Ortiz is 14-for-28 in his last seven games.

* Ortiz has seven homers in his last 12 games at Camden Yards and 12 homers in his last 16 games here.

* Ortiz has homered in each of his last three games, the 18th time in his career that he's done that.

* Steven Wright tossed a career-high 122 pitches.

* Wright became the third Red Sox starter to toss three consecutive complete games on the road since Roger Clemens in 1991-92.



1) Steven Wright

Wright's third complete game of the season was a gem, with just four hits allowed - just three them into the outfield. He's got a 1.79 ERA on the road this season.

2) Xander Bogaerts

In addition to extending his hitting streak to 23 games, Bogaerts had two doubles and knocked in two runs.

3) Marco Hernandez

Hernandez's first big league homer was a big one, extending what had been a two-run lead to a five-run cushion with a three-run blast in the eighth