Celtics’ Lee’s Confident of Bounce-Back
[Courtney] Lee never quite delivered on his “3 and D” reputation, his long-distance shooting off target early in the year and his defense uneven at times. Lee managed to compensate, shooting a career-best 46.4 percent from the floor overall, and he was a starter when Boston played some of its best basketball of the season. But his production dipped nearly four points per game, his turnover rate skyrocketed and by the playoffs he was largely a spectator, logging just 39 minutes in four appearances during Boston’s first-round exit.
“First of all, you don’t have to be scared to ask that question. Last year was probably one of my worst years I’ve had being in the NBA,” said Lee. “I spoke about it all the time and said I had to find that consistency. That’s one thing, I got back in the gym, I worked on a lot of ballhandling, a lot of shooting, getting my shot back.
“Again, a lot of it had to do with confidence at times, and I feel my confidence has skyrocketed right now, so hopefully it’s going to make that transition into the season and into games and keep it at that high level so I can get back to playing the way I’ve always played.”