Golden State Warriors reserve forward David Lee missed the 106-99 Game 1 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday because of a back injury, and Lee won’t be ready to play in Monday’s Game 2:
Warriors forward David Lee (strained lower back) is out for Monday's Game 2 vs. New Orleans, according to the team.
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) April 19, 2015
After being the Warriors’ starting power forward the last four seasons, Lee has seen his role diminish greatly this season. An injury to Lee at the start of the year gave Draymond Green a chance to start, and Green has turned himself into a top candidate for both Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player.
Meanwhile, Lee has been in and out of the rotation, as he has racked up several DNP-CDs because of certain matchups and how games have played out. So even if Lee was healthy enough to play, there are no guarantees that he’d actually play.
Lee has still been productive numbers-wise in his 18.4 minutes per game, putting up 7.9 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 51.1 percent from the field. However, his poor defense often makes him a liability, and he doesn’t really fit in with the aggressive defense head coach Steve Kerr likes to run with his long athletes.