The Warriors are officially listing David Lee as "questionable" for Monday's game against New York, but anyone who has paid much attention to the power forward's track record knows that he should almost always be deemed "probable."
"If I can walk, I'm going to play," Lee said, hobbling through the locker room Saturday night after doctors said he couldn't suit up for the Warriors' 103-93 loss to Milwaukee because of a badly bruised and swollen right knee.
Lee has plenty of motivation to convince doctors to lift the restraints when the staggering Warriors host his old team Monday, and he's made a career of playing through pain in games of far less meaning.
Coming into this season, Lee was considered a model of consistency - averaging a near double-double in his seven-season career, but he had never led a team to the playoffs. His teams were a combined 199-359 (.357), and his teams had never won more than 36 games in a season.
On Feb. 4, Lee was posting his usual automatic numbers and had the Warriors at 30-17 - within a half-game of fourth place in the Western Conference and comfortably sitting 8 1/2 games clear of the 10th-place Lakers. Now the Warriors (35-29) have plummeted to seven games back of fifth place and lead the eighth-place Lakers by two games.
"For me, it's a no-excuse situation," Lee said. "I've wanted to be in this situation for a long time. I've been through a lot of years when these games didn't matter. Now they matter, and I'm going to have a blast.
"Until they drag me off the court, I'm going to be excited to go out there and play."


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