Pregame: Lee returns in reserve role

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee will return to action Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks after missing three games due to a sprained left ankle, but he'll do so in a reserve role.

"I’m not going to start him, but I’m going to play him," Rivers said. "I’m just going to see the minutes and see how he feels."

Added Rivers: "He looked OK today in shootaround, but he didn’t have a practice to fall back on, so who knows and we’ll just see."

The Celtics will go with the same starting lineup from Wednesday's win in Cleveland with Chris Wilcox alongside Avery Bradley, Paul Pierce, Jeff Green and Brandon Bass.