David Lee’s eight-year playoff quest lasted 29 minutes, and now he is looking at a full summer of rehabilitating a torn hip flexor.
Lee, the Warriors’ first All-Star in 15 years and with Stephen Curry one of the key figures in the team’s resurgence from years of irrelevance, went down hard and in pain after a foul by JaVale McGee early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 97-95 loss to Denver in the first game of this Western Conference quarterfinal. He shot his free throws, but then limped in agony to the bench, and went to the locker room immediately. An MRI taken this morning showed the tear, and the Warriors confirmed the injury was of the season-ending variety at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
The Warriors are planning a media availability session later today to further address the injury and the team’s plans to adjust to his absence. We will advance the story as developments warrant.
Really tough day for me as a competitor & as a teammate, thanks for all the prayers & support! We still got this series,lets go Dubs! #GSW— David Lee (@Dlee042) April 21, 2013