Lee out, Crawford in vs. Knicks

Lee out, Crawford in vs. Knicks
March 26, 2013, 6:45 pm
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BOSTON — The days of having a short-handed roster continue for the Celtics, who will be without Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee. Both are nursing left ankle injuries.

The C's had said earlier that Garnett's swollen left ankle injury would likely keep him out for a couple of weeks.

Still, the Celtics were hopeful that Lee's sprained left ankle, sustained in Memphis on Saturday, would have healed in time for him to play Tuesday night at the TD Garden against the New York Knicks.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Lee might also miss the game wednesday at Cleveland, too.

"He just didn't improve much," Rivers said. "You pretty much prepare for everything, just like [Knicks coach Mike Woodson] over there. Just a lot of injuries right now for us, and them."

With Lee unable to go, Rivers turned to Jordan Crawford, who will make his first start with the C's.

Rivers said he talked with Jason Terry about starting, but Terry (a former Sixth Man of the Year award winner) made it clear that he would prefer to come off the bench.

"He likes being in this role, especially when he knows Courtney will be back," Rivers said. "He'd rather stay in his own role."

Crawford, acquired by the Celtics via trade from Washington last month, has been a surprisingly reliable contributor off the bench after having the reputation of being a shot-chucking, gunner during his days with the Wizards.

"We laugh, but he is on the all-scare team," Rivers said of Crawford. "He scares me and Woody [Knicks coach Mike Woodson], every night; He scares both coaches."