As if losing from a game-winning layup on the road in the first game of their playoff series against the Denver Nuggets wasn’t bad enough for the Golden State Warriors, try losing your All-Star power forward in the fourth quarter to an injury.
David Lee went up for a layup and was hit hard by Nuggets’ center JaVale McGee. He landed roughly on the floor while immediately reaching for his hip.
According to Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors’ big man was officially diagnosed with a probable right hip flexor strain.
David Lee “will not return” with a probable right hip flexor strain
— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) April 20, 2013
And according to Henry Wofford of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, Lee was further evaluated after leaving the court, and his X-rays came back negative. He will have an MRI Sunday, and the Warriors are hoping that their veteran leader will be able to give it a go on Tuesday night for Game 2.
X rays for David lee were negative. He will have an MRI tomorrow,
— Henry Wofford (@HenryWoffordCSN) April 21, 2013
Lee finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a couple of assists, and it was just plain depressing to see him hobble off the floor and head into the locker room.
The 6-foot-9 forward led the NBA with 56 double-doubles during the regular season, an accomplishment that him and his entire team should be proud of.
This season, Lee became Golden State’s first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell, who earned that honor in 1997.
This is the second time in the past 19 years that the Warriors have made the playoffs, and it would be a sheer travesty if Lee is unable to play with his team the rest of the way.
The Warriors hope that Lee’s MRI shows nothing serious, but until then, they will just have to hope for the best.