Courtney Lee was all ready to practice. He had his sneakers on, jersey on, headband on, the mask was in his hand and then he was told give it one more day.
“They okey-doked me, man” Lee said. “They okey-doked, me.”
Lee was joking. He wanted to practice, but it makes sense for precautionary reasons that he sits after spraining his right ankle on Tuesday.
His status for tomorrow’s game at Philly is up in the air, but if I had to guess I would say they would give him another day to rest. When coach Lawrence Frank was asked about it, he said, “I’ve haven’t thought about it yet.”
Naturally, Lee said he could play tomorrow.
“Absolutely,” he said. “[But] I’ve got to listen to my trainer and my coach.
Brook Lopez got tangled up with Will Blalock and hit his left knee on the floor. Moments later, Lopez was laying down, which wasn’t a good sign. After Devin Harris, Lopez is their most important player.
Lopez went off to the side, was attended to by trainer Tim Walsh and later returned. Lopez said afterward that he was fine.
Still trying to figure out the starting five, which is tough because Lee hasn’t been out there lately.
We saw some lineups today that featured Terrence Williams playing with the first team. But we’ve also seen Jarvis Hayes playing with the first team in many practices.
Frank may decide that Hayes is better providing scoring off the bench. Chris Douglas-Roberts is a possibility, but he’s not as big and strong as some other small forwards in the East, namely Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala and Caron Butler.
We all should know more after a few more preseason games, especially after Lee is playing again.