Skip to content

David Lee played through back pain last two weeks, did that impact hip?

Apr 22, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One Getty Images

David Lee had the NBA’s longest active streak of regular season games played without a playoff appearance (577) — until Saturday night. He started his first playoff game, suited up for the Warriors against the Nuggets.

He lasted three quarters, at the start of the fourth he took an awkward step and ended up tearing his hip flexor. He’s out a month, which will be the rest of the playoffs. He’s done for the year.

Why did he take that awkward step? Sometimes when you are compensating for one injury you cause another. And West had been playing through a lot of pain, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

For about the past two weeks, his back has been killing him. He hasn’t wanted the information to be reported, and he has tried to hide a bulky ice pack he uses during game stoppages with his shooting shirt.

“The only other option was to not play, and you guys who know me know that was not something I was even considering,” said Lee, who hopes to avoid surgery for the hip injury and plans a full recovery by training camp. “It’s very disappointing, but I know I left everything on the floor.”

Did one injury lead to another? We will never know for sure. But that’s a big coincidence.

What we do know is that Lee is out and the Nuggets should get Kenneth Faried back in the middle Tuesday night. And none of that is good for the Warriors.

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Tristan Thompson won’t accept less than max from Cavaliers, his agent thinks Raptors will offer it next summer

    Aug 31, 2015, 11:43 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images

    Thompson might leverage the max from Cleveland, but it probably shouldn’t be because of this Toronto threat

  2. Canada cuts Olivier Hanlan, finalizes roster FIBA Americas with nine NBA players

    Aug 31, 2015, 10:26 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins, Cory Joseph AP

    By dropping an NBA draft pick, Canadians show how far they’ve come

  3. Nigeria beats Angola to win AfroBasket, qualify for Rio Olympics

    Aug 30, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 10 - Basketball Getty Images

    Al-Farouq Aminu is headed back to the Olympics.

  4. Sneaky good summer move: Spurs trade for Ray McCallum

    Aug 30, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers Getty Images

    We’ll all look back at the McCallum trade and say “it’s the Spurs doing Spurs things again.”

  5. Report: Heat want to take long look at young guards before trading Mario Chalmers

    Aug 30, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers AP

    Can Johnson take on the backup point guard role if Chalmers was moved?

  6. Gov. Scott Walker defends $250 million Milwaukee arena deal as “fiscally responsible”

    Aug 30, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    Scott Walker AP

    “You’re talking about being a fiscally responsible person, I am. That’s precisely why I did this.” —Scott Walker

  7. Hornets’ coach says rookie Frank Kaminsky needs to add strength

    Aug 30, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    2015 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot Getty Images

    He may start at the four for Charlotte this year.

Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (2609)
  2. K. Irving (2041)
  3. L. James (1711)
  4. A. Davis (1700)
  5. K. Bryant (1641)