Golden State Warriors forward David Lee appeared in a grand total of 1:27 minutes in Game 6. The fans at Oracle Arena got a kick out of it, sure, but Lee’s short appearance didn’t have much of an effect on the outcome.
With that said, there is a chance that Lee could play meaningful minutes against the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the playoffs. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Lee’s minutes could come in short spurts. Of course, this all depends on his torn right hip flexor.
Mark Jackson didn’t have a definite answer for reporters on Friday, but as expected, he didn’t rule the possibility out (via The San Jose Mercury News):
“It depends on how he’s feeling and what the doctors and training staff and everybody else says about it,” Jackson said. “But he’s excited about it, and if he’s healthy, and he can give us something, I will certainly utilize those minutes properly.”
If Lee can play, one simple questions surfaces: Can he be more effective than Carl Landry?
Well, it’s hard to answer that question. As mentioned, he logged only 1:27 minutes on Thursday, depriving people the opportunity to see how much mobility he actually has. He was reportedly dunking in warm ups prior to the game, but that can only mean so much.
When comparing Landry and Lee, both have solid mid-range jumpers. Landry has the edge in the finishing department. But Lee has the edge in the passing department, which is a significant trait because he is the outlet that sits at the top of the key when one of Golden State’s guards gets in trouble. Without Lee, Andrew Bogut is used as the outlet. Bogut can pass extremely well for his size, but he lacks the jump shot that causes defenders to jump out.
If Lee isn’t entirely hindered by his torn hip flexor, then it’ll be interesting to see what the Warriors’ coaching and medical staff decide on.