In the 62nd annual all-star game of the NBA, David Lee, the lonesome Warrior, was in good company. Backing up Blake Griffin, he had a lot of players such as Zach Randolph and Tim Duncan to compete with for playing time. Lee, who didn’t see much action, was able to make a small impact for the minutes that he did play. Still, it was a nice gesture to Warrior fans everywhere, as I’m sure they were bouncing up and down when he scored.
Being a Warrior, Lee was the last player on the Western Conference roster to check in. It was an entertaining first quarter to say the least, but it was Warrior-less. He finally checked into the game at 9:23 in the second quarter. Jrue Holiday’s huge left handed dunk was offset by a signature David Lee layup, giving him the first basket of the night.
In a barrage of scoring both ways, Lee was able to make his presence known. After an exchange of buckets, he sat out with four points. He was able to get a good look off of Chris Paul and Tony Parker both going between the legs of Chris Bosh, which of course, garnered some loud cheers from the fans.
At halftime, the West lead the East 69-65. Without Lee, the game would have been tied! Think about that.
After sitting on the bench for about 6:30, Lee checked into the third quarter. He had a good stint of minutes, getting some steels, rebounds and assists, as well as a nice dunk. About five minutes into the fourth, however, he checked out, and was done for the night. The final score was 143-138.
Lee had played very well, despite his low numbers and limited minutes, and the Warrior fans should be happy to see a familiar face on the All-Star team, a refreshing sight for sure. Lee finished with six points, two rebounds, and two steals.