DENVER -- Warriors All-Star forward David Lee is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a torn right hip flexor.
MRI taken Sunday confirmed he sustained a Grade 3 tear, which requires months to heal. The Warriors will be sending out official word shortly.
The injury happened at the 11:34 mark of the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the Warriors' series with Denver. He drove down the right side of the key for a layup and was fouled in mid-air by Nuggets center JaVale McGee, knocking Lee off balance.
He came down on his right foot, which appeared to jam into the hardwood and causing an awkward contortion.
It was clear immediately something was really wrong as Lee squirmed on the court, grunting and grabbing the top of his right thigh.
"Ahhhh, I felt a pop," Lee could be heard saying on the video of the injury.
The preliminary diagnosis was a strained right hip flexor. The MRI confirmed Lee had the worst possible kind.
Game 2 of the Warriors-Nuggets first-round series is Tuesday in Denver.