Golden State Warriors All-Star power forward David Lee will miss the rest of the playoffs due to a torn right hip flexor, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
David Lee tore his right hip flexor on Saturday and is done for the season, league source says. He had an MRI today.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) April 21, 2013
Early into the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ Game 1 loss in Denver, Lee drove to the basket and went up for a layup, only to meet Nuggets center JaVale McGee at the rim. Lee hit the deck hard and immediately reached for his hip in agonizing pain.
Lee finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a couple of assists.
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 were hoping that Lee’s MRI would show nothing serious, but now, it might be time to panic.
Golden State will have to finish the rest of the postseason without their go-to big man and leading rebounder, and it will be very hard to replace a player of Lee’s caliber.
The news comes especially at a tough time for the Warriors, as Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried is speculated to return to action for Game 2 of the series. It will sure be tough for the Warriors to match the “Manimal” down in the low block without their own star power forward, but Carl Landry now has a chance to make his mark.