According to several reports, forward David Lee of the Golden State Warriors will miss the rest of the NBA Playoffs after tearing his right hip flexor Saturday afternoon during Game 1 of the Warriors best-of-seven series with the Denver Nuggets.
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The Warriors training staff initially believed the injury to be a “probable right hip flexor strain”, but an MRI on Sunday revealed the full extent of the injury. His X-Rays on Saturday were negative.
Lee suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter after colliding with Nuggets center JaVale McGee on a drive to the rim, and then landing awkwardly on the court. He would hit one of two free-throws at the charity stripe, and then hobble over to the bench in a great deal of pain.
Lee finished the game with 10 points on four for 14 shooting, including a game-high 14 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets eventually won the game by a final score of 97-95, giving Denver a 1-0 series lead.
In 79 games this season, David averaged a double-double of 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds (fourth in the NBA), eventually being named to his second NBA All-Star team.
Yesterday was the first NBA playoff game of his eight-year career.
This is a huge blow for the Warriors, as this is just Golden States second playoff series in 20 seasons. The Denver Nuggets are also expected to have Kenneth Faried back on the court for Game 2 Tuesday night, who will be quite the handful to contain with Lee on the sidelines.