Lee (knee) likely to return Tuesday vs. Bucks

Lee (knee) likely to return Tuesday vs. Bucks
December 2, 2013, 3:15 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — The Celtics will be a little closer to being whole as a team with Courtney Lee expected to be available for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee. Lee has missed the Celtics' last two games while recovering from a left knee injury suffered at Charlotte on Nov. 25.

"I'm feeling good," said Lee who added that his injury was more of a "tissue" issue. "A lot better than I have these last couple of days."

He tried to play through the injury against Memphis last Wednesday, but had to leave after being on the floor just nine minutes.

Lee, who said this was his first knee-related injury, said he was never fearful that he had a major knee injury similar to the torn right ACL suffered by Rajon Rondo in January.

"It happened in Charlotte and my knee did a weird movement," Lee recalled. "And I tried to practice and I felt it. And then I went out and played in the Memphis game. I wasn't too nervous about it (being a major knee injury), but I knew something was wrong."

Lee's return comes at a good time for the Celtics who need all the perimeter help they can get defensively against the Milwaukee Bucks, winners of just three games all season -- two of which came over Boston.

In Boston's 92-85 loss to the Bucks on Saturday, Milwaukee's starting backcourt of Brandon Knight and O.J. Mayo combined to score 42 points on 16-for-28 shooting from the field.

Lee will be among the Celtics guards likely called upon at some point Tuesday to defend them.

As for other injury-related Celtics news, Rondo (torn right ACL) continues to practice with the team in a limited capacity. Head coach Brad Stevens said the four-time All-star has yet to be cleared for full contact.

The prognosis isn't quite as cheery for rookie big man Kelly Olynyk who has a sprained right ankle.

Although it was initially thought he would be back after a couple weeks -- that would have put his return to the court being Friday's game against Denver -- there's a chance he may be sidelined even longer.

"I don't know the exact timeline on Kelly," Stevens said. "But it was a significant sprain so we're going to be smart in giving him appropriate time to come back."