David Lee Injury: Updates on Golden State Warriors Star's Hip

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IApril 20, 2013

In his first ever NBA playoff game on Saturday, Golden State Warriors star David Lee fell victim to the injury bug.

After a hard spill attacking the basket in the fourth quarter of his team's Game 1 showdown with the Denver Nuggets, the All-Star power forward hobbled off the court and had to be examined by team doctors on the bench. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6:21 p.m. ET

Inside Bay Area's Marcus Thompson has the latest on Lee:

Warriors All-Star forward David Lee said his hip surgery in May revealed his injury was worse than previously thought. But he reports being 100 percent recovered and in the best shape of his career.

"I feel no ill effects whatsoever," Lee said after working out at the team's downtown facility. "I actually feel a lot better moving around than I did even last year at this time."

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UPDATE: Sunday, May 5, at 11:15 a.m. ET by Josh Cembellin

Although Lee made a surprise return to action in the Warriors' Game 6 victory over the Nuggets, the power forward doesn't believe he will play a major role against the Spurs, according to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports: 

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

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UPDATE: Friday, May 3, at 7:30 a.m ET by Michael Cahill

Lee returned to the lineup last night in Golden States 92-88 Game 6 win over Denver. In his first action since April 20, the Warriors star played 1:27 going 0-1 from the field with 1 rebound. (h/t NBA.com)

David Lee @Dlee042

Great series win by our squad! Huge game by @StephenCurry30 @andrewbogut and @Money23Green So blessed to be a part of this team! #GSW

As Mark Jackson explained last night Lee's role going forward still remains uncertain. (h/t Rusty Simmons)

Rusty Simmons @Rusty_SFChron

GSW coach Mark Jackson on David Lee: "I don't know what his role will be going forward. ... He put himself in position to inspire his team."

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 2, at 10: 14 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to CBS' Jeff Goodman, Lee could see limited action in Game 6 Thursday night:

Golden State Warriors forward David Lee may play tonight against the Denver Nuggets despite suffering a torn right hip flexor in the first game of the best-of-seven series.

A source told CBSSports.com that Lee has been cleared and could play limited minutes tonight in Game 6 despite the injury.

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UPDATE: Monday, April 22, at 12:17 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Pacers center Roy Hibbert commented on David Lee's injury:

Roy Hibbert @Roy_Meets_World

I really don't like @Dlee042 but I really hope he has a speedy recovery. Hate to see guys get get hurt or injured.

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UPDATE: Sunday, April 21, at 3:12 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons has the latest from David Lee:

Rusty Simmons @Rusty_SFChron

Warriors power forward David Lee is addressing the media. "This is a tough day. I waited eight years for this."

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UPDATE: Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Golden State Warriors confirmed the extent of David Lee's hip injury on the team website:

Golden State Warriors forward David Lee will miss the remainder of the 2013 NBA Playoffs due to a complete tear of his right hip flexor, the team announced today following an MRI that was conducted this morning.

Lee, 29, registered 10 points and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes during last night’s Game 1 loss against the Denver Nuggets before leaving the contest with 11:33 remaining in the fourth quarter due to the injury.

Teammate Stephen Curry later commented on the devastating news: 

Stephen Curry @StephenCurry30

Keep @Dlee042 in your prayers today. Tough situation to handle but we know he'll be back stronger. We have to step it up

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UPDATE: Sunday, April 21, at 1:15 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Warriors fans as David Lee is likely to miss the rest of the postseason, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

Ken Berger @KBergNBA

David Lee tore his right hip flexor on Saturday and is done for the season, league source says. He had an MRI today.

Ken Berger @KBergNBA

Whether Lee needs surgery will be determined in consultation with doctors this week. Early estimate on recovery time is three months.

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UPDATE: Saturday, April 20, at 8:30 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, X-rays on David Lee's right hip flexor have come back negative:

Rusty Simmons @Rusty_SFChron

Warriors x-rays on David Lee's right hip flexor were negative. They will have an MRI tomorrow.

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The team's Twitter account had an initial post to report things were serious:

Golden State Warriors @warriors

David Lee still having right leg looked at by #Warriors athletic trainer Chad Bergman on bench after limping off the floor.

The Warriors then published this tweet to confirm that Lee's diagnosis was a right hip flexor strain and that he would not return to action as the team attempted to mount a fourth-quarter comeback.

Golden State Warriors @warriors

INJURY UPDATE: David Lee w/ probable right hip flexor strain. Is getting x-rays and will not return.

Lee had 10 points and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes before leaving the game, which Golden State would drop in heartbreaking fashion after Andre Miller's game-winning layup with just 1.3 seconds to play. 

Taking a pass from Stephen Curry after a high screen in the fourth, Lee attacked the paint hard, drawing a foul and earning a trip to the free-throw line in the process. 

However, he landed awkwardly on his right leg, and if you look closely at the video, it looks as if he says he heard a pop when falling to the floor. 

So eager to prove himself as a consistent producer on a good team, Lee has enjoyed his best-ever season during the 2012-13 campaign, leading the league in double-doubles to help propel Golden State to its first playoff berth since 2006. 

Lee missing the rest of this playoffs is a tragic end to an otherwise stellar campaign for one of the NBA's most underrated big men and will undoubtedly hinder the Warriors' chances of advancing.