David Lee’s season is over. An MRI has shown the All-Star forward suffered a tear to his right hip flexor in Saturday’s Game one loss to the Denver Nuggets. Lee has been a pillar of strength for the Warriors all season long. He led the NBA in the regular season with 56 double-doubles and averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
It will be difficult for the team to defeat the Nuggets in the Western Conference Quarter-finals without him, but it is too early to conclude their season is over just yet. They have two players on their roster in Carl Landry and Andrew Bogut who have the potential to fill the void.
Landry is a proven NBA power forward who has played big minutes of the bench this season and has career averages of 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while playing close to 25 minutes per contest. Bogut, a former third team All-NBA center who has been injured for most of the season appears to be somewhat healthy. If this is the case the Warriors will be in good shape, because when healthy he is among the best rebounders and shot blockers in the league.