It’s been about a month since David Lee tore his hip flexor in the Golden State Warriors’ playoff opener. Lee was told he wouldn’t be able to play for the remainder of the season, but that clearly wasn’t any accurate prognosis.
Lee returned to play inspirational minutes in the Warriors’ Game 6 series-clincher against the Denver Nuggets, as well as four games against the San Antonio Spurs. It’s worth noting that Lee played 12 minutes in Game 5, a game-high since he tore his right hip flexor.
I am a huge fan of what Lee brings inspirationally and offensively to the Warriors, but should Mark Jackson continue to use his banged up All-Star this season?
Against the Spurs, sure. Lee’s hip flexor has torn completely off the bone and there is reportedly no risk of further injury. With the Warriors down 3-2, they need all the offense they can muster up with Stephen Curry playing on essentially one leg and Klay Thompson being his inconsistent self.
Lee cannot be expected to provide the 18.5 points he averaged during the season. He can, however, knock down elbow jumpers at will, leaving him as the only player next to Carl Landry to be useful on the pick-and-pop.
In the three games Lee has played in since his injury, the Warriors are 2-1. He has been a model teammate, often seen cheering on the bench, being the first to high-five teammates during stoppages, and participating in the team huddles. Regardless of his role, we can be sure that Lee will give all he can to the team.
With David Lee healing at a near miraculous rate, an increase in playing time could just be another highlight in this magical season for the Warriors.