Sources: David Lee diagnosed with partially ripped patellar tendon

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SAN ANTONIO — Spurs core David Lee has been diagnosed with a partially ripped patellar tendon in his left knee and will have an MRI on Sunday to endorse a injury, sources told ESPN.

Lee suffered a damage in a opening entertain of San Antonio’s 120-108 detriment to a Golden State Warriors on Saturday night and did not return.

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Asked about Lee’s standing after Game 3 of a Western Conference finals, Spurs manager Gregg Popovich said: “I have no idea.”

Lee harmed a knee with 2:57 remaining in a initial entertain after he scored on a layup contested by Draymond Green.

Lee was fouled on a play, though he wasn’t means to take a indirect giveaway chuck try since of a injury.

Lee winced in pain immediately on landing, and he was down on a building nearby a hovel heading out toward a locker rooms. Athletic trainers helped Lee to his feet. He hobbled toward a locker room before trainers took over and rushed him down a gymnasium in a wheelchair.

Joel Anthony transposed Lee in a game.

The Spurs after pronounced Lee would not lapse to a game. By rule, since he was incompetent to try a giveaway throw, he would not have been authorised to lapse even if he were healthy.

Lee is a club’s third actor to humour an damage poignant adequate to take him out of action. San Antonio already was but star brazen Kawhi Leonard, whom Popovich hold out since of a sprained left ankle. That damage occurred after a bar already had mislaid Tony Parker in a Western Conference semifinals since of a ruptured quadriceps tendon.

The Warriors lead a West finals 3-0.

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