Courtney Lee twisted his ankle last night in what happens frequently in the NBA, and honestly, I am surprised it doesn’t happen more. Here is some quotes and the story from The Boston Herald:
“An initial sprain is always the biggest zing right there when it happens,” Lee said after the Celtics’ 104-94 loss to Dallas. “But hopefully it’s just swelled up a little bit.
“I’ll get some medicine and some ice, and hopefully then it will go down and I’ll be ready to go (tonight). I’ve sprained my ankle a couple of times before and right away is when it’s hurt the most. But once it calmed down I was able to put pressure on it and walk off the court.”
Lee turned his ankle while attempting to pressure a Mike James inbounds pass with 1:51 left. He landed on James’ foot, collapsed, and was unable to get back to his feet as first Vince Carter missed,Brandan Wright grabbed the offensive rebound, and O.J. Mayorewarded the effort with a game-sealing 3-pointer.
Typical basketball injury, but sprained ankles are tough. As someone who has sprained each of my ankles somewhere between three and five times, once it happens, it makes your ankles weaker and much more susceptible to spraining them again. Hopefully the Boston training staff can get the ankle strong enough tonight, as Lee’s defense and offensive spark will be important against a very good Memphis team.
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