David Lee has been a bright spot for the Warriors this post-season, despite suffering what should have been a season-ending injury during the first game of the 1st round of the 2013 NBA playoffs. Lee suffered a torn hip flexor against the Denver Nuggets during game one of round one, and missed most of the series against the 3rd seeded Nuggets, a series in which the Warriors pulled off the upset and advanced to the second round to meet the San Antonio Spurs.
Against all odds, Lee was back and available for game 6 against the Nuggets, only notching 1 rebound in one minute, but the Warriors won by a score of 92-88 and advanced, despite being down of of their best players for most of the round. Lee suited up and played again in game 3 versus the Spurs, logging a very effective 3 minutes of play, scoring 5 points and grabbing 2 rebounds. Lee also made an appearance (8 minutes) in game 4, where he managed to zero points, but helped out on the glass with 5 rebounds.
It looks like Lee may need off-season surgery, but the heart and determination of the big fella won’t let him give up on his team just yet. Lee plans to keep playing, even if he’s only able to give GS limited minutes.
This via Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com:
Lee’s production has been an obvious loss for this young Warriors’ team, but their will to succeed despite the odds has been the real story of these playoffs. David Lee’s presence on the bench and will to play through a pretty serious injury has likely served as motivation for his teammates as they look to knock of the juggernaut that is the San Antonio Spurs in route to a western conference finals birth.
The action picks back up on Tuesday in San Antonio as the Warriors will look to steal one of the road and take command of the series at 3-2.