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

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Boston Celtics' David Lee (42) goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. The Pacers won the game 100-98. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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David Lee missed back-to-back games with a sore back, beginning on Dec. 26 against the Detroit Pistons. However, he has been cleared to return to the court.

Continue for updates.

Lee Active vs. Lakers

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Jay King of MLive.com reported Lee is available to play against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Injuries Continue to Mount for Lee

Last year, the combination of injuries and Draymond Green's emergence resulted in Lee's worst season since his rookie year. In 49 regular-season games, he averaged 7.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. He remained effective when he was on the court, but he wasn't one of the Golden State Warriors' key players as they captured the NBA title.

A change of scenery was necessary for the two-time All-Star, but he joined a team that already had Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko and Kelly Olynyk before signing Amir Johnson in the offseason.

As a result, Lee is running into similar issues.Prior to his injury, he averaged 7.4 points while grabbing 4.4 boards per contest.