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Lee ready to play his under-the-radar game in Boston

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Lee ready to play his under-the-radar game in Boston

There's been a lot of talk surrounding the revamped Boston Celtics heading into the 2012-13 season.

Jason Terry is going to lead the bench and provide the scoring punch.

Jeff Green is healthy and going to add versatility at the forward position.

Chris Wilcox is also back, and will provide the size Boston lacked at times down the stretch.

One new guy you don't hear about much -- even though he should have a major role on the team -- is Courtney Lee.

Lee was traded over the offseason in a deal that included former C's first round pick JaJuan Johnson, but the guard's game is rather unknown around these parts.

"I'm just a guy who's going to knock down open shots, attack the basket, try to get to the free throw line three to four times a game," Lee said on Tuesday in Turkey. "Then on the defense end try to make plays defensively, guard their best perimeter player, and just play team defense. The on transition, get out and run."

But does Lee mind that he seems to have been overlooked throughout most of his NBA career, including the start of his tenure with Boston? Nope.

"That's fine with me," he said. "I'll fly under the radar. All those guys can take all the attention. That's just going to open more opportunities for me, so that's fine with me."

Lee is right. If opponents are busy worrying about doubling Kevin Garnett down low, or collapsing on a driving Paul Pierce or Rajon Rondo, Lee is going to benefit greatly. He doesn't have the long-ball respect Ray Allen has, but with enough open shots he could.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers knows Lee well on and off the court. He's not taking Lee's all-around "solid" game for granted.

"Just solid play. I think he's a really good basketball player," Rivers said. "I think when people hear 'solid play' they think average, but he's a way better than average player. But we want him to be that in how he plays. he just does a lot of things well, so just be him."

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Hopes that the Celtics would have Gordon Hayward back in the lineup later this year were dashed last night by Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night for a fractured and dislocated left tibia, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said earlier in the day that Hayward's prognosis would be better known after doctors saw the extent of the damage. When the operation was over, Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski not to expect Hayward to play again this season.

But there is good news:

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“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Stevens had said earlier. “No timeline on it, but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE