David Lee will miss the rest of the postseason with a complete tear of his right hip flexor, Warriors announce.— The NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 21, 2013
...[Lee] went down hard and in pain after a foul by JaVale McGee early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 97-95 loss to Denver in the first game of this Western Conference quarterfinal. He shot his free throws, but then limped in agony to the bench, and went to the locker room immediately. An MRI taken this morning showed the tear, and the Warriors confirmed the injury was of the season-ending variety at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
After barely missing out on a chance to steal a road game from the Denver Nuggets yesterday, this is quite a blow for the rest of this series. Not just because Lee is a double-double machine, but also the point that Nate Timmons of SB Nation's Nuggets site Denver Stiffs made in our pre-series Q&A about how poorly Kenneth Faried has performed against him:
As to this series, a lot of folks think David Lee is a nightmare match-up for Faried and his hit-and-miss defense. Kenneth can get lost on defense and Lee's 23.3 points per game against Denver came largely against him.
Should Faried recover enough to play in this series, having Lee's scoring production was something the Warriors could still hang their hat on in their hope for an upset. Without Lee, this is looking like more of an uphill battle.
More importantly though, we can now only wish Lee a speedy recovery after a career year and all his efforts to put this franchise back on the map (even if some people outside of California don't know where "Golden State" actually is).
Doubt GSW put timetable on Lee's return. Not how they roll. But from what I've read, it doesn't take 6 months. But it is a tricky injury— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) April 21, 2013