The highly anticipated matchup between the All-Star and the All-Star snub will not happen in this best-of-seven series.
Denver power forward Kenneth Faried on Sunday promised that he will return from a sprained left ankle for Tuesday's Game 2. The Warriors announced that their power forward, David Lee, has been lost for the rest of the playoffs because of a complete tear of his right hip flexor.
"He is an All-Star and I tend to have a chip on my shoulder about that, because I believe I have the ability to be an All-Star one day," Faried said. "It would have been exciting because he's playing at a high level, and I would have stepped my game up that much more - not just because it's the playoffs, but also because I would be going against an All-Star-caliber player."
It won't happen because Lee is expected to miss about three months after injuring his right hip in the fourth quarter of Saturday's Game 1. After Lee took a harmless-looking foul on a drive to the hoop, his right toe awkwardly hit the court first and sent the full brunt of his weight to his hip as if he were viciously kicking the floor.
Although he felt a "pop" on the landing, Lee stayed in the game to take the foul shots. When he tried to retreat on defense, however, there was no sensation in his right leg and no strength in his hip to lift his knee. He collapsed into head coach Mark Jackson's arms on the sideline as Harrison Barnes committed an intentional foul to stop the play.
"It's a tough day," said Lee, who snapped the NBA's longest active streak of regular-season games (577) without a postseason appearance Saturday. "I've waited eight years for this, and to have it come to such an abrupt end with something that is out of my control is frustrating. It's easy to sit here and kind of worry about yourself, but I've been a leader all year, and I'm going to continue to be one. Guys need to see me be positive right now."