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David Lee says there’s ‘zero’ chance that he could play a significant role for Warriors against Spurs

May 5, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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When the news broke that David Lee was active and expected to play for the Warriors in Game 6 against the Nuggets, it was somewhat shocking, to say the least.

Lee was supposed to be out for the season, after suffering a torn hip flexor muscle in Game 1 of the series.

Lee didn’t do much more than give his team an emotional lift, and played just 1:27. The fact that he couldn’t really do any more damage to the injury that he categorized as “a completely torn muscle off the bone” gave him the idea to give it a go, but don’t expect him to be available to do much more than that in his team’s second round matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

Asked if he could play a big role against the Spurs, Lee said, “Significant part like playing 30 minutes? Zero (chance).”

While Lee’s appearance in the team’s layup line before the game was a shock to fans and media on hand, the fact that Lee knew he could fix any damage done in the offseason led to his decision to give it a go.

“I saw tonight as an elimination game for both teams,” Lee said. “We didn’t want to have to go back to Denver (for Game 7). I tried to do whatever I could. I didn’t know it would respond. There’s those nights when you feel awful and then you get on the court and you feel pretty good. Tonight, after I shot that jumper, I went to backpedal and my leg was nonexistent.”

Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said a day after his team eliminated the Nuggets that he would continue to use Lee in short spurts if he’s feeling like he can go, but he’s also not going to place any expectations on his All-Star big man considering his diminished condition.

The bottom line seems to be that Lee may get to the point where he can play three or four minutes with his injury instead of the one and a half he was able to give his team in Game 6. But Jackson isn’t going to rush it, and Lee, despite his best efforts, isn’t likely to get much better than that without an offseason’s worth of rehabilitation, which could very possibly include surgery.

  1. biasedhomer - May 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Its unfortunate he got injured, they are a fun team to watch, but the loss of Lee crushed any chance of an upset over the Spurs.

  2. gmen4life33 - May 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Please forward to D. Rose. Tough stuff David Lee, loved you on the Knicks, wish we still had you instead of Stat.

    Not to get off topic, but how can Rose watch his teammates played injured, watch other guys play injured, and not come back and give it a go for 10-15 minutes a game? I dont understand it. HUGE Rose fan despite being Knicks fan my whole 26 years. Was such a breath of fresh air to see his humbleness when he won MVP. But what is going on in his head? Doctors have cleared him to play, meaning he is not putting himself at risk by playing (other then the natural risk that will always be there).

    Shumpert had the same injury during the same time, and he experienced the same “nerves” as Rose when he first came back, but he suited up. He even missed some layups, did some unusual stuff, because obviously it takes time to adjust mentally and forget the injury. Does Rose not understand he will have to go through this also? You are physically fine Rose, its all mental, and only way to get past that is to suit up and play.

    • ss3walkman - May 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      I completely agree with your post but at this point Rose shouldn’t play and doesn’t deserve to. The current chemistry with the team is working. No need to try to reintegrate Rose during the playoffs. I would say the same for New York with Amare.

    • fanofevilempire - May 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      which team mate can cover the hundreds of millions in salary and
      endorsements Rose will risk by playing and getting a career ending

      would you do something so dumb if you were Rose?
      man get lost and leave Rose alone.

      • kavika6 - May 6, 2013 at 2:43 AM

        Every player in the NBA risks a career ending injury every time he steps on the court. With all the endorsements Rose does he’s one of the least likely to go bankrupt if he’s not a total idiot.

  3. sportsnut101 - May 5, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Rose cant play his memory is right yet lol. Dude the Knicks guard iman shumpart. Has been back 2 months. Same injury same day it happened yes different people heal different but to not even try a min at lease. U gotta be kidding me.

    David lee warrior for trying

  4. waynegretsky77 - May 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    of course he sit. no surprise eh only has one playoff game played in whole career after 10 years and he decided to fake an injury to relax. fifreman make less and do their job , but this guy only one playoff game in 10 years and already bails out. most overrated player ever.

  5. mendenhallfumblemachine - May 5, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Wayne what are you talking about honestly…

  6. kavika6 - May 6, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    I hope Lee doesn’t think he’s going to be like Willis Reed and inspire his team to a championship. They’re not getting out of the second round.

  7. jamieaadams - May 6, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    You earned a lot of respect for trying, David Lee, but here’s hoping you concentrate 100% on getting better for next season

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