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Courtney Lee Injury: Updates on Knicks Guard's Ankle and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

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New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee suffered a sprained ankle on Nov. 30 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and hadn't played since. However, he is ready to return. 

Continue for updates.


Lee Active vs. Heat

Tuesday, Dec. 6

The Knicks announced Lee was in the starting lineup on Tuesday against Miami. 


Lee Has Emerged as Important Piece to Knicks Rotation 

Lee previously battled a hip injury for a brief stretch during the 2015-16 season, but the three-and-D specialist appeared in all but three games while splitting time between the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets.

After averaging 9.6 points and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range, Lee inked a four-year, $50 million deal with the Knicks that made him a linchpin of head coach Jeff Hornacek's starting five alongside Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah.

"When they talked to me and told me about the pieces they were adding alongside the players who were already there, I didn’t think anything less than a championship [was the goal]," Lee said, per Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy.

Now 18 games into his first season in the Big Apple, Lee is averaging 9.5 points and 0.9 steals per contest while shooting 43.9 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from distance.

              

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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