David Lee made a surprising appearance Thursday evening as the Golden State Warriors upset the Denver Nuggets 4-2. Lee injured his hip in game 1 in the first round and was supposed to miss the entire playoffs, however, the power forward entered the game 6 and played for a little over one minute before sitting out the rest of the game.
When Lee was asked how he felt on the court, he said, “No stability. When I went to backpedal, I couldn’t even really feel my right leg. It’s not so much pain, but I definitely have limitations. We’ll just have to see what this break brings. If I’m feeling the same way I am tonight, it’s going to be difficult to expect much. But it’s already come so far in a few days, I think it can be even better by the time we play San Antonio.”
In all likelihood, Lee was trying to do his best impersonation of Willis Reed. It wasn’t so much of his scoring and rebounding that Lee came on the court for, but rather to inspire his teammates and boost the morale of the already raucous Oracle Arena. And you know what? It worked.
But it probably won’t work again in the next series. Lee was playing on one leg and even if he had two legs, it wouldn’t be enough against the likes of a Tim Duncan.