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Report: David Lee suffers partially-torn patella tendon, will miss Game 4 vs. Warriors

David Lee, Wesley Matthews

Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) drives around San Antonio Spurs forward David Lee during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 96-91. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)


San Antonio Spurs big man David Lee injured his left knee during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The injury seemed like a cruel piling on for the Spurs, who are already without Kawhi Leonard due to an ankle issue.

Leonard is doubtful to play in Game 4, and now it appears that Lee is unlikely to play as well. While Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said on Sunday that Lee had “a bruise or something like that” it now seems much more serious.

According to ESPN, Lee suffered a partially-torn patella in his left knee.

Via Twitter:

Lee won’t be able to make it for Game 4 on Monday, which will likely be the end of San Antonio’s season given the 50-point deficit the Warriors have amassed over their competition during the last three games.