DENVER – The Warriors learned Sunday that All-Star power forward David Lee will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn muscle in his right hip in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the Nuggets. A release from the team said an MRI confirmed that Lee had suffered “a complete tear of his right hip flexor.”
Coach Mark Jackson could start Carl Landry, Lee’s backup and a regular in the fourth-quarter rotation as Andrew Bogut missed much of the regular season, or go small with Draymond Green or Richard Jefferson. More will be known when Jackson meets with the media in the early afternoon.
Lee had a hard landing with 11:34 remaining in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 97-95 loss to the Nuggets. He was in obvious pain whole putting his hands around the hip and groin area, before getting up to shoot two free throws and then going to the bench and ultimately needing help from teammates to get to a chair.
Lee averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds, the tied for fourth in the league, and led the NBA in double-doubles.
Game 2 is Tuesday before the series shifts to Oakland.