Golden State All-Star David Lee left Saturday's first-round playoff loss to Denver with a right hip flexor strain and will have an MRI on Sunday. The Nuggets beat Warriors, 97-95. Lee, who was making his first postseason appearance, was driving to the hoop in the fourth quarter when he and Nuggets center JaVale McGee collided, sending Lee to floor. Lee got up, limped to the free-throw line where he made 1 of 2 shots. He hobbled off the court shortly afterward. X-rays were negative and his status for Game 2 of the Western Conference playoff series on Tuesday is uncertain. "It's unfortunate," Warriors coach Mark Jackson told ESPNLos Angeles. "He is certainly a highlighted guy for us, somebody we count on. At the same time, we believe in our guys, top to bottom. So we feel comfortable and confident with whoever has to step up in his place. We are, and will always be, a no-excuse basketball team." The Warriors will turn to Carl Landry if Lee can't play on Tuesday. Landry played 23 minutes in Game 1 and scored 14 points. Lee finished the game with 10 points and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes on Saturday. "I just have to be ready, just like before today," Landry said. "No matter who coach puts out there on the floor, we all have to be ready. That's the mindset we have right now."
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