Warriors’ David Lee makes surprise return to lineup after hip injury
Eleven days after the Warriors announced that David Lee was out for the season after tearing his right hip flexor, the All-Star forward was activated and warming up in advance of Thursday’s Game 6 against the Nuggets at Oracle Arena.
CBSSports.com first reported Lee’s return.
The Warriors announced on April 21 that Lee would “miss the remainder of the 2013 playoffs” after completely tearing his right hip flexor during Game 1.
Lee appeared to suffer the injury on a drive to the hoop that ended with him absorbing contact from JaVale McGee and falling awkwardly to the court early in the fourth quarter. After attempting his free throws, Lee doubled over in pain and immediately departed the court, favoring his right hip area. He finished with 10 points (on four-for-14 shooting) and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes. Game 1 marked the first playoff game of his eight-year career.
Lee, 29, averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season, making him Golden State’s second-leading scorer and leading rebounder. He was selected to his second All-Star Game this season. The Warriors have coped remarkably well without him, relying on small ball, hot shooting and excellent play from Stephen Curry to take control of the series in his absence.
Golden State, the No. 6 seed, holds a 3-2 series lead over Denver, the No. 3 seed. The Warriors are making their first postseason appearance since 2007.