Lee is still feeling pain from elbow injury
SAN ANTONIO -- Just judging by the numbers, Warriors forward David Lee is coming along nicely.
In Wednesday's 111-94 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Lee had 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. In his six games back, he has averaged 16.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists.
But Lee is still paying the price. He's still experiencing pain, especially when he gets hit in the elbow. And his wound -- where he sustained the original laceration, which became infected and forced him out for eight games -- is still precarious.
"It hurt really badly after (Tuesday's) game," Lee said before Wednesday's game. "It was a blood bath when I took my elbow pad and tape off. The wound itself really isn't improving too much, because I'm continuing to play on it. But at this point, it's either that or sitting out. I'm not sitting out."
The gash on the inside of his left elbow is still open and requires regular maintenance. Lee said it still looks disgusting. He switched from the sleeve to a normal elbow pad.
Though he said it feels better each game, it's still affecting his shot and ability to bang. Because he can't straighten his elbow regularly, he doesn't get the proper follow through on his shot. He said that's why his midrange jumpers have been denting the front rim, and he's missed 12 of his past 25 free throws. Lee said he's still not using his left arm to create leverage inside, not like he used to.
He said he has to keep telling himself to get more leg into his shot, but he said those aren't "firing on all cylinders" yet.
He shot 7 for 10 on Wednesday, including a few jumpers. He's shooting 47.3 percent in his last six games.
Lee has averaged 38.3 minutes since returning from injury.
"It's all effort because mentally, I'm still there," he said. "I want to get it done. I just want to get our team winning so badly that I'm just trying to will myself through it. It hasn't been the easiest time. It's been very difficult, and I just can't wait to get back to where I can be able to help this team at 100 percent."
-- Marcus Thompson II