The Golden State Warriors are still battling for playoff positioning and will try and improve on last year’s postseason performance if they do manage to clinch a playoff spot. Unfortunately, the Warriors might have to once again deal with the loss of David Lee. The 30 year old power forward is currently sidelined by a nerve inflammation in his hamstring and could miss an extended period of time.
According to Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News, head coach Mark Jackson is uncertain whether Lee will be available in the playoffs:
Golden State Warriors forward David Lee has been out for several weeks with a hamstring strain. On Sunday, Mark Jackson revealed that the injury has caused “nerve inflammation” and that Lee will be out for the forseeable future, which could include playoffs.
Lee is the second leading scorer and rebounder on the team this year and his absence will definitely hinder the Warriors’ playoff hopes. The Warriors do have some capable replacements, but there is no denying Lee’s energy on the court to go along with his 18.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
The Warriors will have to heavily rely on their back court from here on out. Hopefully Curry is able to carry the load in Lee’s absence and stay alive long enough to give the big man enough time to come back and help the team.