Lee puts in best performance of preseason in C's loss

Lee puts in best performance of preseason in C's loss
October 16, 2013, 1:15 am
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Courtney Lee has been a role player throughout most of his career, often lurking in the shadows of more highly-acclaimed teammates.

But every now and then Lee delivers the kind of performance that reminds many why the Celtics were so aggressive in trying to acquire him in the summer of 2012.

Tuesday was one of those nights as Lee had his best game of the preseason in Boston's 82-80 loss to Brooklyn.

Lee, who had 14 points, almost single-handedly brought the Celtics back after making back-to-back 3s that tied the game at 80.

He had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds but his mid-range jumper was off the mark.

While Lee's confidence has remained at a relatively high level throughout the preseason, performances like the one he put on in the fourth quarter on Tuesday can only help going forward.

"I just kept shooting, even though I was missing," said Lee who came into Tuesday's game having connected on just 33 percent of his shots from the field and just 22 percent of his 3s.

Lee added, "eventually something was going to fall. I didn't get down about shots not falling and I just stayed positive, trying to get to the open spots and my teammates did a good job finding me."

Trailing 82-80, the Celtics called a time-out to draw up a play for Lee which was something that rarely if ever happened under Doc Rivers.

In head coach Brad Stevens' mind, it was a no-brainer to try and get the ball in Lee's hands at that moment.

"Well we got the guy that had made a few big shots," Stevens said. "I don't know if it was a great look; it's probably hard to get a great seven-second look. But to get a look, and it looked like we had a run at the rebound, it wasn't all bad."