Dallas Mavericks

Lee hopes to shake off groin injury and play against Warriors

AP

With the team he helped win last season’s NBA title in town, Dallas Mavericks center David Lee plans to do everything possible to be on the court tonight.

Lee pulled his right groin in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 99-98 loss at Cleveland. The injury limited what Lee could do during this morning’s shootaround.

But since the Mavericks are playing the Golden State Warriors tonight at 7:30 at American Airlines Center, Lee will do whatever he can to be available to play. Especially since he was a part of the Warriors’’ squad which defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers last June in the NBA Finals.

"I’ve been getting treatment day and night on it,’’ Lee said. "I’m hoping to play tonight, but of course seeing these in town always is motivation.

"Once again, though, it’s business as usual. We have to find a way a way to get a win.’’

Coach Rick Carlisle isn’t sure if Lee will be able to play tonight.

"We went through some things, and I’m hopeful,’’ Carlisle said. "But I don’t know for sure.

"It sounds like it’s a game-time decision.’’

Lee didn’t want to set off any alarms on him possibly being sidelined for an extended period of time.

"It’s not going to be a thing where I’m missing a couple of weeks,’’ he said. "There’s just certain things you don’t want to hurt worst, so I’m just going to do my best to be smart about it.

"As these (Bay Area media) guys will tell you, I’m not really good at missing time. I’ll probably find a way to play, so I hope that’s the case.’’

In 11 games with the Mavs, Lee is averaging 11.5 points and 7.6 rebounds.

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