Lee will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's tilt with the Wizards, Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington reports. Lee was pushed to the bench in favor of Lance Thomas on Monday against the 76ers, which was an attempt to have a bigger body to matchup up with opposing guard Ben Simmons. However, after that one-game experiment, Lee is set to reclaim his starting role and should continue to see minutes in the upper-20s or low-30s.
Lee supplied 18 points (4-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), two rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 30 minutes during Monday's 108-92 loss to the 76ers. Lee came off the bench but still saw the fourth-most minutes on the team (behind Michael Beasley, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Enes Kanter). Lee's seven free throws matched a season high, so it's clear that he's looking to be aggressive offensively in the aftermath of Kristaps Porzingis (ACL) being lost for the rest of the season.
Lee will shift to a bench role for Monday's game against the 76ers, Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports reports. Lee has started all 57 games he's played this season, so this will mark his first stint off the bench. The move is reportedly an effort by the Knicks to get a bigger body to matchup with Ben Simmons, which has prompted coach Jeff Hornacek to start Lance Thomas instead. With the demotion, Lee could see a slightly decreased workload, though he should be a primary source of offense with the second unit.
Lee finished with 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt), six rebounds and two assists across 38 minutes in Friday's 92-90 loss to the Bucks. Lee played a typical complementary role alongside Enes Kanter and Kristaps Porzingis, generating his third double-digit scoring effort over the last four games in the process. The veteran guard continues to often churn out point totals in the teens and supplement them with serviceable contributions in the rebound and assist categories. Friday's effort also represented a nice bounce-back shooting-wise, as he'd posted no better than a 36.4 percent success rate over the previous three contests before his 46.2 percent tally against Milwaukee.
Lee supplied 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 38 minutes in Tuesday's 123-112 loss to the Warriors. With Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out, Lee finished second only to the former's replacement on the night, Michael Beasley, in scoring. The veteran sharpshooter has gotten hot from the field over the last four contests, eclipsing the 50.0 percent mark in three of those games and posting a 55.1 percent success rate -- including 47.1 percent from three-point range -- over that span. Lee has double-digit scoring efforts in nine of the last 10 games and is now averaging a solid 14.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists across 35.0 minutes in 12 January contests.
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