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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Warriors Injury Update: David Lee will not play tonight, likely 'out' until December

By on 11/25/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday by the score of 91-86. The win improved the Warriors to 10-2, first in the Pacific Division. Marreese Speights lead the Warriors with 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench. The Warriors continue to impress, despite the absence of David Lee, who will be out again tonight against the Heat and likely out until next month.

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I reported on November 21 that Lee, who has only played a quarter of the first game before aggravating a hamstring injury, was hoping to return this week.

Ira Winderman, who covers the Miami Heat for South Florida Sun Sentinel, confirmed Lee's status with this tweet.
Rusty Simmons of SFGate noted that Lee is making progress in his recovery from a left hamstring injury, but isn't sure when he'll be able to return. Lee is working hard, getting at least two hours of treatment before practice and working out to strengthen the muscles around the hamstring. Lee's currently missed seven games and 17 days with the injury.

“It’s getting better every day. It’s encouraging to at least be back on the court, instead of just watching practices. When you’re out like this, it reminds you of how much you love playing the game.”
Head coach Steve Kerr is unsure if he'll put Lee back in the starting lineup initially upon his return or bring him in off the bench. Either way, the Warriors will benefit from the presence of Lee, both on the offensive end and on the boards.

Draymond Green and Speights have seen the bulk of the action at power forward in Lee's absence. Green is averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Speights is averaging 11.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Lee, in his 10th NBA season, scored six points on 3-of-4 shooting in seven minutes of action. Last season, he averaged 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Lee has played for the Knicks and Warriors and has career averages of 15.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists, in 647 games.

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