Good, bad, & ugly: Lee looks good in return

Good, bad, & ugly: Lee looks good in return
December 3, 2013, 11:15 pm
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BOSTON — Prior to suffering a left knee sprain, Courtney Lee was in the kind of shooting groove players never want to see come to an end.

There was some uncertainty as to how he would perform after having a few days off rehabilitating his injury.

He didn't look the same ... he was better.

And Lee's play was among the keys to Boston's 108-100 win over Milwaukee.

Lee came off the bench and had 11 points while playing less than 16 minutes.

"He was huge," said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Especially in the fourth quarter when he scored seven points - tops among Celtics backups in the quarter.

Lee made all three of his shots in the fourth, two of which gave Boston a double-digit lead.

"He looked like he had an extra bounce in his step," Stevens said.

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Boston's 108-100 win over Milwaukee.


The Good

Jordan Crawford

Once again Crawford came up big for the Celtics when they needed someone to step up and be that go-to guy in the fourth quarter. He led all scorers with 25 points which included 15 in the pivotal fourth quarter. He also managed to dish out a team-high five assists with just two turnovers.

Jared Sullinger

He will have better games than the one he had on Tuesday, but Sullinger was as clutch as they come when Boston needed him most. Struggling to get going against Milwaukee's double-teams and tilting action defensively, Sullinger dealt a major blow to the Bucks' comeback efforts when he nailed an 18-foot jumper as the shot clock expired that eventually proved to be the game-winning basket.

He finished with 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting.


The Bad

Too close for comfort

Boston won this game by eight points, but it should have been much more lopsided. The Celtics once again allowed a team to hang around too long instead of putting them away quickly and decisively. This is a team that's still learning how to play at a high level with one another, so it's not all that surprising to see them have late-game letdowns.

And while they were able to squeak out the win with some big shots, they know the next level in their growth isn't winning games like this.

It's making sure they play well enough against teams like the Bucks so that late-game heroics, like the 18-footer Jared Sullinger hit, are not required.

The Ugly

Turnovers

Boston's biggest bugaboo was once again a problem, with most of the Celtics' miscues coming in the second half. Boston turned the ball over 15 times (for 20 points) which isn't too shabby. But the Celtics know that number should have been lower, especially after coughing it up just five times in the first half.