Former Gators and current San Antonio Spurs forward David Lee went to the floor in the first quarter of Saturday night’s 120-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors, and he wasn’t able to return to the court.
Now, the official diagnosis has come in and it appears Lee’s season is over.
Sources told ESPN that Lee has been diagnosed with a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee and will undergo an MRI today to confirm the diagnosis.
My bud @ramonashelburne & I reporting diagnosis for David Lee is partially torn patella, per sources. He’ll have MRI in morning to confirm.
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) May 21, 2017
Prior to the diagnosis, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he had “no idea” about Lee’s status for Game 4. Lee is the third Spurs player to suffer a significant injury in the postseason.
The club lost Tony Parker because of a ruptured quadriceps tendon suffered in the Western Conference semifinals, and MVP-finalist Kawhi Leonard missed his third game this postseason due to a sprained left ankle.
A 13-year NBA veteran, Lee has a player option in his contract if he chooses to return to the Spurs next season.