Lee is likely to return tonight vs. Timberwolves

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Warriors forward David Lee was scheduled to meet the team in Minneapolis today, and the likelihood is that he'll return to action for tonight's game against the Timberwolves.

Lee, who has missed eight straight games with an infected left elbow, was cleared by Dr. Frank Chen on Friday after a workout -- two days after his follow-up exam at Stanford Hospital. Lee is officially listed as a game-time decision. He planned to work out Friday night in Minneapolis and today before the game. At that point it will be determined whether he plays.

Lee previously said he might be limited when he first returns because he won't be in game shape. He missed a total of three games his last three seasons in New York.

"I'm happy to hear that he's coming back," center Andris Biedrins said. "That will help us. We have to finish the road trip the way we're supposed to. It's good that he's going to be around, that he's going to be back with the team. So even if he can only give us 12, 15 minutes, that's fine. I think that will help, too."

Center Dan Gadzuric got the start in place of Lee for the third straight game.

  • Biedrins registered his season-high in scoring and his first double-double of the season -- all in the first half. He entered he locker room with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes.


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    The Warriors trailed 63-53 at the half, the 26th consecutive road game they've trailed at the half.

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