Magic Expect Lee Back for Game 3

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Magic guard Courtney Lee, who had surgery last week to repair a fractured sinus, likely will be available for Friday's Game 3 when the conference semifinals against the Celtics return to Orlando, according to a report in The Boston Globe.

Magic general manager Otis Smith made the assertion Monday as he discussed Lee's development in his first year in the league. Lee will have to wear a protective mask when he returns.

Lee was injured in Game 5 of Orlando's first-round series against Philadelphia on an inadvertent elbow by teammate Dwight Howard.

Lee has been medically cleared to play but did not attend the Magic's practices last weekend and did not travel with the team to Boston for Monday's series opener, which the Magic won 95-90.

"Everyone that sees Courtney says he leaves you wanting more," Smith said, according to the Globe. "That's exactly what he does, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have more in him. When you see him, he can score when he wants to at any point in time.

"Some of the things he's going to be able to do in the future will be unbelievable because he can put it on the floor and get his own shot. He's athletic. He can get to the hole when he wants to."

J.J. Redick started Game 6 against the 76ers, as well as Game 1 in Boston, and sank four free throws in the final minute Monday to secure the victory for the Magic.


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