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Golden State Warriors Will Be Without David Lee Against Clippers: Fan’s Preview

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Golden State Warriors Will Be Without David Lee Against Clippers: Fan’s Preview
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Coming off a loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Golden State Warriors received have received even worse news to the best healthy player left on the roster. On Friday, an MRI exam has determined that power forward David Lee has a strained groin and a stress reaction. While it is uncertain whether or not it will keep him out for the rest of the season, Thursday's game against the Mavericks will likely be his last NBA action until the following season. Since the Warriors are out of the playoff picture and would be better off losing games at this point of the season, Lee's injury should help the team out in terms of the big picture. With little left to play for this season, the Warriors are better off resting their star to avoid aggravating his injury, which is also the exact same plan they're executing with Stephen Curry.

The Warriors will now head to Southern California to face the playoff-bound Los Angeles Clippers. With Lee now unavailable, the Warriors could potentially consider a starting lineup featuring four rookies (Klay Thompson, Charles Jenkins, Jeremy Tyler, and Mickell Gladness), with small forward Dorell Wright being the only leftover from the team's original starting lineup. With an imposing frontcourt of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Caron Butler, as well as backups Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans, the Clippers have a big frontline. In order to potentially slow down these big men on offense and defense, the team's best bet is to start the larger Gladness instead of implementing a smaller lineup with Dominic McGuire at power forward.

Regardless of what starting lineup the Warriors use, they'll have a hard time stopping a healthy and potent Clippers team.

The matchup:

The Golden State Warriors will take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center located in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. PT.

The standings:

Golden State enters the matchup having lost their last three games and with a 22-36 record. They are 10-19 on the road and have won two of their last 10 games.

Los Angeles comes into the game having won their last two games and with a 36-23 record. They are 21-9 on their home court and have won eight of their last 10 games.

Next three games on tap:

Following this game, the Warriors will host the San Antonio Spurs on April 16, and host the Los Angeles Lakers on April 18, and visit the Dallas Mavericks on April 20.

Meanwhile, the Clippers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 16, visit the Denver Nuggets on April 18, and visit the Phoenix Suns on April 19.

The season series:

The season series currently stands at 2-1 in favor of the Warriors.

Where to watch and listen to the game:

The game can be watched live nationwide on NBA League Pass.

In Golden State: CSN-BA & KNBR 680 (radio)

In Los Angeles: PRIME & KFWB (radio)

Season statistic leaders:

Golden State: David Lee - 20.1 points per game, David Lee - 9.6 rebounds per game, Stephen Curry - 5.3 assists per game, Andris Biedrins - 1.0 blocks per game, Stephen Curry - 1.5 steals per game

Los Angeles: Blake Griffin - 20.6 points per game, Blake Griffin - 10.9 rebounds per game, Chris Paul - 8.9 assists per game, DeAndre Jordan - 2.1 blocks per game, Chris Paul - 2.5 steals per game

Team injuries:

Golden State: Andrew Bogut (fractured left ankle), Stephen Curry (ankle sprain), Richard Jefferson (swelling in right knee), David Lee (strained groin and stress reaction)

Los Angeles: Chauncey Billups (torn left Achilles tendon)

Sources:

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers Game Info, NBA

"Don't call it a tank," Warriors ask, SFGate.com

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Austin is a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, lifelong basketball fan and Golden State Warriors supporter, and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.

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