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Doc to Courtney Lee: stop thinking

"You don't have time to think up there. If you think, you're dead." - Maverick in Top Gun


A few games ago Doc sat down with several of his players and explained their roles on the team. Obviously one guy that needed a few pointers and pat on the back was Courtney Lee. He was doing pretty well on defense but was having trouble fitting in on offense. Since that talk with Doc he's been having a more positive impact on offense without letting off the pressure on defense.

So what did Doc say to him? Stop thinking.

Game of 1-on-1 with coach helps Lee - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

"I think I was going out there not thinking as much, just playing aggressive, and that's what Doc wanted me to do," Lee said. "It took him to sit down and talk to me to realize that, so from now on, that's how I'm going to go out there and approach it." "He just told me to go out there and stop thinking so much. He said, 'We want you to be aggressive.' He said, 'We know you're going to play hard on the defensive end, we just need you to play with the same energy and focus on the offensive end.' I mean, that was enough said right there."

Basketball is very much an instinctive game that requires confidence and focus. You can't be confident if you have 100 things running through your head. Your brain overloads and your body hesitates, which is all the opponent needs to pick you apart.

Getting more accustomed to the system has to help Courtney somewhat, but clearing his head had to have helped even more.

I've said it all along with this guy. Water reaches its level and he's too good a shooter to be kept down for long. He's an impact player on both ends of the court and he's going to be critical to the success of this team, even after Avery Bradley has returned.

Lee just needs to be aggressive and react instead of trying too hard to figure out what to do next. He needs to let that muscle memory take over. Release, rotation, splash.

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