David Lee, much to the surprise of everybody, returned to action Thursday night in the Warriors’ series-clinching Game 6 win over the Nuggets. It was more of a morale-booster for the team and the crowd rather than a contributing appearance, as he saw just a minute and a half of game action.
But it begged a legitimate question: Is David Lee much closer than we all thought to return to serious action? We all were told the all-star was done for the playoffs after tearing a hip flexor in Game 1. Even if ostensibly, Lee’s cameo Thursday night was promising after seeing him run and get active on the boards without any apparent hindrance.
And, via Carl Steward, here’s Mark Jackson with an update on Lee’s status for the second round against the Spurs:
“It depends on how he’s feeling and what the doctors and training staff and everybody else says about it,” Jackson said. “But he’s excited about it, and if he’s healthy, and he can give us something, I will certainly utilize those minutes properly.”
Jackson tempered his remarks by saying there shouldn’t be any undue expectations on the power forward. … He doesn’t know what Lee can provide, but [is] open to see.
“Not really sure,” the coach said. “I thought we got what we needed out of him (Thursday) night. I was not going to put him in position where he could get hurt and I was not going to put a demand on his body.
“I thought it was a perfect time to get him in, utilize him and then get him out,” Jackson continued. “I think what we will do is stay true to the process, see how his body is today and move him forward, continue to get him treatment and play it by ear. But there are no expectations about David’s role moving forward.”
So, without any further ado: