Friday in Ballin, I wondered when the tanking Warriors were going to give David Lee some rest. His presence alone the last couple weeks gave Golden State a chance to actually win games (despite starting three rookies). And then this happened Saturday:
Lee, who averaged 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds, said he has been shut down for the season because of groin and hip injuries that have been troubling him for the past couple of weeks. The Warriors’ doctors performed an MRI exam on Lee on Friday and found a stress reaction that risked severe injury with continued play.
Without Lee, the Warriors lost to the Clippers Saturday, 112-104. Nate Robinson took 18 shots, rookie Klay Thompson 17 and Dorrell Wright 15. The game was only close because Golden State made a staggering 15 three-pointers.
If you’re wondering how the tank job is doing – they’re 22-37 with seven games left. The goal is to finish with one of the seven worst records in the league, which would help their chances in the draft lottery of retaining their top 7 draft pick. If they finished 8th or worse, the lottery pick goes to the Jazz. How things stand heading into Sunday’s games:
6. Toronto 21-39
7. New Jersey is 22-39
8. Golden State 22-37
9. Detroit 22-37