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Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at 11:32 am  |  12 responses

David Lee Could Play ‘Meaningful Minutes’ Against Spurs


David Lee played just 87 seconds in Thursday’s Game 6, but Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he could play Lee for a few minutes at a time during meaningful situations, depending on Lee’s pain threshold. From the Contra Costa Times: “So, does David Lee have more minutes left in him for the San Antonio Spurs? It’s possible, said Warriors coach Mark Jackson Friday, that Lee could take a more meaningful role beyond the inspirational one he gave in 1 and 1/2 minutes of Golden State’s Game 6 win over Denver Thursday night. If it eventuates, it may be only for a few minutes at a time, but even that could make a difference in a specific situational matchup. ‘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, who tore a hip flexor muscle in Game 1 in Denver and was thought lost for the rest of the year. He doesn’t know what Lee can provide, but open to see. ‘Not really sure,’ the coach said. ‘I thought we got what we needed out of him (Thursday night) 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.’”

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  • Max

    It will just make things easier for TD inside.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i’m guessing bogut will be on him, and anyone else on the Ws will match up with splitter

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    Spurs in 5.
    Maybe 6.

  • Max

    Well, life inside the paint (offensively) for the Spurs would be easier.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    6.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    doubt he’ll do much

  • GSW Fan

    everybody sleep on us again! please!

  • Caboose

    I’m gonna call another sweep.

  • Noompsi

    Dude. I’m with you. Playoffs prove SAS are too old and injury riddled to go 7. They’re flat out winning four.

    Don’t worry… I’ll explain.
    Run ‘em of their feet just like OKC did last year and Memphis the year before that!

    Pop is awesome and probably does a better job than anyone with what he’s got, but what he’s got isn’t what it used to be. The regular season is a different story to the playoffs, and wins don’t mean as much. It depends on your conference, division, schedule etc.

    In seven games you might lose the first or second, or first and second; but then you click on how to play them and you don’t lose again.

    It’s happened to me, and it happens in the NBA.

    Basically, If The Warriors play team ball and not Steph Curry heroics, I believe they can beat a tired an old team and steal it in the clutch if this one goes to seven.

    That’s it. Survive the first four with a split… and it’s yours…

    Memphis, however, presents a different story, but I digress.
    Miami/NYC = Miami in five
    Memphis/Warriors = Memphis in six.
    Miami/Memphis = Miami in four/five. Four.

  • SirGrey

    Give some credit to OKC and Memphis those years. The NBA is about match-ups.
    Zach, and that bench were too good that series. KD/Russ/Harden were too good.
    Steph is ballin’ but can’t do it alone. Denver has always had their problems.

  • i_ball

    Harden went bananas last year and the against Memphis they looked really banged up.
    This year TD is playing like he is 30, TP is having his best season so far. So I think it would be different. Maybe they can’t go to 6 games 3 series in a row but the first one they can survive.

  • jaycee

    Maaaaan, the Spurs arent even in the top 5 oldest teams in the league. MIA, NYK, BOSTON are ALL older than the Spurs.. they arent boring, they play uptempo bball, best defensive rotations in the league other than the Bulls, best offensive sets, and a couple of the most exciting game changers in the whole league… plus they are deeeeep. Their 3rd unit could make the playoffs in the East..

    I guess all those who think the spurs are boring and old also believe what you see on fox news so…

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