False start for Courtney Lee in first preseason game

Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Despite losing the game and looking sluggish overall there were plenty of positive signs for the Celtics in their first preseason action. One exception was Courtney Lee.

Despite losing the game and looking sluggish overall - in particular on defense, there were plenty of positive signs for the Celtics in their first preseason action. One exception was Courtney Lee. He'll have plenty of time to get into the flow with his new teammates, but his first effort was mostly off mark.

In focus: Struggles in opener - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

Foul trouble certainly didn't help Lee's cause, as he had no semblance of an offensive rhythm, missing a string of wide-open looks from the corners. He did finish with seven points, and turned the ball over only once in 27 minutes, but the C's will have to do a better job of integrating him for the remainder of the preseason. One other important note on Lee: He's been battling a hip injury for the majority of training camp. While not serious, he might not be at 100 percent, physically, and considering he's still mastering the system, he might have been due for some early preseason struggles. Rondo, in particular, will have to exercise patience as he continues to help Lee get acclimated to become a player capable of helping Boston in a variety of areas.

I'm still excited about having this guy on our team. His resume alone is worth it. I think he just needs a little more time to get comfortable. Once a few more of those shots fall, I think he'll loosen up a bit.

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