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David Lee out for season, spelling big problems for Warriors against Nuggets

Apr 21, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

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Warriors forward David Lee is out for the season after tearing his right hip flexor against the Nuggets, according to Ken Berger of

The Warriors were already in a hole after losing Game 1 to Denver, and they just sunk a lot deeper. Not only is Lee – who averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game during Golden State’s only All-Star season since 1997 – a very good player, he means even more than that to the Warriors. With him on the court, they outscore opponents by 3.1 points per 100 possessions, best among the team’s rotation players. With him on the bench, they’re outscored by 2.4 points per 100 possessions, worst on the team.

Where does Mark Jackson go from here? It’s not clear. Carl Landry and Draymond Green will probably receive larger roles, but this is a huge adjustment for Golden State.

Lee is part of 13 of the Warriors’ 18 most-used five-man lineups. Four of the five lineups without him have been TERRIBLE – being outscored by 10.9, 19.1, 16.8 and 16.2 points per 100 possessions. The other Lee-less lineup, the only one that hasn’t been a total disaster, includes Andris Biedrins, who hasn’t played double-digit minutes since March 1, and Charles Jenkins, who was since traded to the 76ers.

Without Lee, the Warriors will have to re-invent themselves, and this is the worst time of year to do that.

  1. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    If it weren’t for bad luck,the dubs would have no luck at all.

  2. shuttaman1990 - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Dwight Howard said he was going to get him.
    That’s Karma for that right hip flexor! HEYO!

  3. broncobeta - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Damn. It’s a shame that him and Faried won’t battle it out on the big stage.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    They weren’t going to win the series anyway, but I gave them a chance to push it to 6 or 7 before this. They may very well get swept now.

  5. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    The Warriors probably won’t win the series but their defense is certain to improve without David Lee on the court. He plays D like a winded 42 year old dad in a YMCA pickup game.

  6. JMClarkent - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Carl Laundry is going to need to man up!

    • zags2344 - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Just like Jesus did

  7. timb12 - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    How long is he out? I know it said season, but when will he be back?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      That is generally a 10-12 week injury, so obviously not anytime in the relevant future.

  8. cullimon - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Greens played in tons of pressure situations in msu, give him the nod

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