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Rockets lose Courtney Lee to strained calf

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The Houston Rockets fell to 2-3 Tuesday night after a 108-99 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, and it is looking like the team won't have swingman Courtney Lee in the short term to help right the ship.

Lee, who was drafted in the first round in 2008 by the Orlando Magic, "had to be helped off the court" with less than 11 minutes to go "after he collapsed in obvious pain from his right leg on a noncontact play in front of the Lakers' bench" Tuesday night, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The 26-year-old also had cramps in the same leg during training camp, the Chronicle notes, and couldn't put weight on it after the game. At that point, he identified it only as a strain, according to the paper.

"I have no idea what happened," Lee said, the Chronicle reports. "I went to the hole, got ready to run back and then my leg just buckled and I went down. I didn't feel anything at the time, so I didn't know what it was. So I tried to get back up and run again, and I couldn't."

Lee is averaging 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this season.

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