WALTHAM -- On a revamped Boston Celtics squad where several new additions could have breakout seasons, Rajon Rondo believes one of his backcourt counterparts will turn heads.
Courtney Lee, whom the Celtics acquired in a three-team trade this summer, was a lesser known acquisition in comparison to players like former Dallas Maverick Jason Terry and the re-signed Jeff Green, who missed last season due to heart surgery. After a solid rookie season on the Orlando Magic, Lee was traded to a dismal New Jersey Nets club and played the last two seasons for the Houston Rockets. He comes to Boston this season with his first real shot at a title since his first year in the league.
"A lot of people don't know that Courtney, I think, was second behind number 20 (Ray Allen) last year as far as three-point field goal percentage (from the corner)," he said.
Last season Lee shot 48.5 percent (50-of-103 3PGA) from the corner, as well as 40.1 percent from beyond the arc overall and 43.3 percent from the field. He can also attack the basket, shooting 58 percent in the restricted area (76-for-132 FGA).
"I look forward to him stretching the floor," said Rondo. "He's going surprise a lot of people with his athleticism. But like I said, he's a great defensive player as well."
Highlights from the Boston Celtics loss to the Houston Rockets
The bumps and bruises continue to pile up for Isaiah Thomas, adding a new one to the group during Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
The 5-foot-9 guard said he strained his right groin in the second quarter, but added that the injury won’t force him to miss any games.
“I’ll be alright,” Thomas told reporters after the loss. “I’ll get treatment. I’ll be fine for Wednesday (against Orlando).”
The injury appeared to have happened shortly after Houston’s Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead 55-45.
At the time it didn’t seem all that serious as Thomas, who had 20 points on the night, came down and drained a 3-pointer.
But after the game, Thomas acknowledged his groin did bother him during the game in which he played 33-plus minutes.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” said Thomas, who finished with 20 points. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who played in all 82 regular season games last season in addition to each of Boston’s 21 games this season, has dealt with an assortment of injuries including but not limited to, a swollen middle finger injury on his left (shooting) hand.
Thomas, an All-Star last season for the first time, has played at an elite level that should once again position him to be represent the Eastern Conference.
Following Monday’s game, Thomas is averaging a career-high 26.0 points per game which ranks ninth in the NBA along with 6.1 assists.