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How Will the Warriors Respond to David Lee’s Injury?

David Lee hobbled off the floor on Saturday with a look of confusion in his eyes. Eventually, that confusion would turn to frustration. Lee, who made his playoff debut on Saturday, was announced out for the remainder of the playoffs with a torn hip flexor.

Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) shoots the ball over Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos (41) during the second half of game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won97-95. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Teams talk about how injuries can fuel rallies, but it’s not that simple–perhaps for a less significant player. But Lee’s role was a staple of the Warriors’ offense, and evidently, replacing him isn’t really an option at this point. He provided Stephen Curry with an outlet when Curry dribbled into chaos. On defense, he was far from elite, but his rebounding will be missed against a larger Denver team.

To compensate for Lee’s absence, the Warriors will have to try something different. It could be something as bold as using Harrison Barnes in the power forward position to space the floor with four good shooters–Curry, Klay Thompson, Barnes and Jarrett Jack–rounding out the perimeter. It could also be something as simple as forcing the issue more with penetration.

Whatever it is, the Warriors will have to try something new.

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