David Lee Injury: Updates on Celtics Star's Heel and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Boston Celtics player David Lee listens to a question during the Boston Celtics media day at their training facility in Waltham, Mass., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
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David Lee is dealing with a heel injury that kept him out of the lineup on Saturday. There is no timeline for his return to the court. 

Continue for updates.

Latest on Lee's Playing Status

Monday, Dec. 7

The Celtics confirmed Lee will not play against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Latest on Lee's Practice Status

Monday, Dec. 7

"Lee will go through shootaround and see if he's ready," Jay King of MassLive.com reported. 

Lee Comments on Injury, Eventual Return

Sunday, Dec. 6

Lee told reporters he has a bone bruise in his heel and could miss "a few days."

Lee's Injury Slows First Season With Celtics

With Draymond Green's emergence, coupled with head coach Steve Kerr's tendency to go small at the 4, Lee was crowded out of the Bay Area in his last season with the Golden State Warriors. Upon returning from injury in mid-December, the two-time All-Star was forced to take a diminished role.

Lee played 18.4 minutes per night in 2014-15, a nearly 15-minute decrease from his average the year before. As a result, he scored just 7.9 points and grabbed 5.2 rebounds per game.

His move to the Celtics benefited all parties involved. The Warriors removed a potential personnel issue, not to mention the roughly $15.5 million Lee will take home in the final year of his contract. Meanwhile, Lee joined a team on which he'll have a better chance of playing regular minutes, and Boston got a proven veteran with postseason experience.


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