The Warriors will be without power forward David Lee for two weeks due to an infected elbow, according to FoxSports.com. Lee injured the elbow when Wilson Chandler's face smacked into it and cut deep into it. Chandler actually lost half a tooth on the play.
The cut was so deep, Lee said he could see his bone. And as a result, it's gotten infected and now he's on the shelf. InsideBayArea.com also reports that Lee will have surgery on the arm as well to help clear out the issues. You can't really see that great what happened on the play, but here's video of it.
The San Francisco Chronicle had some details as to what was going on with the big cut yesterday.
Well that's pretty darn gross. Blood dripping off both sides of the machine? Three-layered bandages couldn't hold back the blood? I guess it's not hard to see how that thing got nasty.
“I know, I know, it’s an elbow scratch,” Lee said. “But I was in the worst pain of my life.”
Lee was injured in Wednesday’s victory over the Knicks, when his elbow caught Wilson Chandler’s face on a rebound and knocked out two teeth. Lee completed the game with a three-layered tape job that couldn’t completely restrain the blood from coming to the surface, and he had his best game of the season (28 points, 10 rebounds).
At 8 a.m., however, he woke up in excruciating pain with swelling in his forearm and biceps. By 8:30 a.m., Lee and head athletic trainer Tommy Abdenour were on their way to a Chicago emergency room.
The hospital started an IV and got Lee started on a series of antibiotics. During an X-ray, Lee said blood was dripping off both sides of the machine.
“Now I know what it feels like to give birth,” Lee said. “… I’m a pretty good interview when I’m on Vicodin, huh?”
The Warriors will likely go with Brandan Wright at power forward but will be hurting seriously without Lee. Alongside Andris Biedrins, he's really given the Warriors a decent frontcourt, especially in the rebounding department. Plus, with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry driving, Lee is a quality mid-range jumpshooter.
But props to Lee for finishing out the game despite battling a cut so bad that blood was literally everywhere. Who says the Warriors are a finesse team?