Though still on the mend, Lee feels the worst is over

Warriors forward David Lee has now missed six consecutive games. But when talking about the infected left elbow that's kept him out, Lee expressed mostly relief.

"They were giving me strong stuff and nothing was helping," Lee said before Monday's game vs. Denver. "They were telling me 'If we don't get this thing better soon, we're cutting your arm from (biceps) to (forearm), filleting the whole thing open. And we may have to cut out your biceps muscle and forearm muscle and see what's going on and how things are progressing.'

"The fact that it could be limited to a two-week situation, a two-and-a-half week deal, is a real blessing from a medical standpoint. I'm just happy we were able to figure it out."

Eventually, doctors found the right antibiotic and Lee's left elbow began healing almost immediately. Lee said he is hoping to return to action next week, either for the home game against San Antonio on Nov. 30 or the game at Phoenix on Dec. 2. But Lee didn't rule out joining the Warriors at the end of the three-game road trip that starts Wednesday in Houston. He said that is a "best-case scenario."

Lee's left arm is heavily wrapped. In his right biceps is an IV contraption. He has to take antibiotics four times a day. Instead of having to use a needle himself, he had the IV hookup put into his arm so all he has to do is strap it to the machine.

Lee said he is scheduled to get the stitches out of his left elbow today, and the IV out of his right arm on Wednesday. He said at that point he will begin working out. He said he hasn't been able to break a sweat since suffering the injury Nov. 10.

"Really doing a lot better," Lee said. "It's just going to be a matter now of having the wound heal from the two surgeries."

  • Warriors power forward Brandan Wright is out for the Warriors' three-game road trip because of a lower back strain, the team announced. Per the team, he woke up with his back hurting on Saturday and it has gotten progressively worse. He missed Monday's game vs. Denver and will not join the team on the road trip. He will be re-evaluated when the Warriors return home. No timetable was given regarding Wright's return.

    Wright had missed three straight games heading into Monday. His absence for Sunday's loss at Los Angeles was attributed to the back. The other two was because coach Keith Smart decided not to play him.

    With the Warriors thin at power forward, Smart started Dan Gadzuric at center on Monday and moved usual starting center Andris Biedrins to power forward. Vladimir Radmanovic had started at power forward the previous three games.

    -- MARCUS THOMPSON II