Courtney Lee not concerned about shooting slump

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Courtney Lee not concerned about shooting slump

SAN ANTONIO For those NBA teams that have been feeling a bit of buyer's remorse from their offseason signings, today could not get here quick enough.

Beginning today, a number of players signed this summer are trade-eligible.

And while it's highly unlikely there will be any activity on the trade front in the next 24 hours, it's a given that teams will start to line up those players that they wouldn't mind shipping off to another team.

The Boston Celtics don't seem all that inclined to pull the trigger on any deals soon, but that won't stop the speculation surrounding Courtney Lee.

The 6-foot-5 wing acquired via sign-and-trade by the Celtics this summer from Houston, has had his struggles adjusting to his new team and more important, his new role.

His biggest challenge has been hitting 3s which was among the many reasons why the Celtics wanted to add him to the mix this season.

And while his 29.4 percent shooting from 3s this season isn't anywhere close to what he's used to, Lee isn't too concerned.

Why?

Because he's accustomed to getting off to slow starts shooting the ball, only to improve as the season progresses.

In his four NBA seasons, Lee's 3-point shooting has only dipped once after the first 20 games played.

"Shots are going to fall or not," Lee told CSNNE.com. "It just comes with repetition. I'm always in the gym getting shots up. The more I'm out there, the more I get that feel, the more the shots are going to fall. So I'm not worried about it."

The biggest adjustment for Lee has to do with getting fewer opportunities to score.

"Playing with all-stars like Rondo, Paul (Pierce) and KG, you know there aren't going to be a lot of shots available," Lee said. "But I'm OK with that. Just as long as we're winning, getting better. That's all I really care about."

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six


After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
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Rob Whalen RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
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Brian Johnson LHP