David Lee clutched at his right hip, hardly able to put any weight on his leg as he tried to scramble back down the court to play defense.
The painful grimace on his face told the story - this wasn't good.
Just when the Golden State Warriors got one big man back in Andrew Bogut, they lose their best post player. Lee went down with a strained right hip flexor early in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 97-95 loss to the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of their playoff series. He will soon undergo an MRI to find out the severity.
Call it a big loss before a stinging defeat.
Andre Miller hit a driving layup with 1.2 seconds remaining as the Nuggets held on for their 24th straight win at the Pepsi Center.
Golden State did everything it intended, too. The Warriors kept up with the fast-paced Nuggets - even in the higher elevation - and silenced a capacity crowd that cheered the Nuggets to an NBA-best 38-3 home record in the regular season.
Until the end, that is, when Miller's s...