For the first time in eight games, the Golden State Warriors’ starting frontcourt is finally healthy.
With center Andrew Bogut returning from injury on Monday against the Pistons, David Lee could play when the Warriors take on the Bulls on Wednesday night.
Lee, who has missed the last two games with the stomach flu, did not travel with the team to Detroit, probably as a precaution to keep other players from getting sick. He is expected to rejoin the team in Chicago, but is listed as questionable by the team.
Lee is averaging 19.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in 52 games this season. The Warriors have fared well without Lee, winning games against the Nets and Pistons, with Jermaine O’Neal picking up the slack for Lee.
This either shows the value of having O’Neal, or it means that the Warriors can afford to play without Lee. It probably is a bit of both. A lot of talk was made in the offseason about Lee possibly being expendable, given that the Warriors did just fine without him in the playoffs. We saw another glimpse of that during these past two games.
Nothing against Lee — he is a solid, consistent player who puts up routine double-doubles. But when you compare him (and his contract) to the four other starters on the Warriors, what would you say?