David Lee Suffers Partial Torn Plantar Fascia

By Isaac Harris
Apr 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward David Lee (42) dribbles as Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes (22) defends during the first half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward David Lee (42) dribbles as Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes (22) defends during the first half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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In an injury suffered in the final game of the regular season, Mavs forward David Lee looks to have suffered a partial torn plantar fascia.

After the Boston Celtics were unable to trade David Lee at the deadline, the Celtics decided to waive Lee prior to the waiver wire deadline so the veteran forward could join a playoff team with a bigger playing role going forward.

The Dallas Mavericks swooped in and signed Lee to a deal for the rest of the year where he has found himself playing valuable minutes off the bench for the Mavs in the second half of the season. While playing in the season finale against San Antonio, Lee suffered a injury to his right heel that left him unable to play the rest of the game.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon had an injury update on Saturday morning

“Mavs forward/center David Lee has a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his right heel. “Game 2 seems very unlikely, but with the break, hopefully we can continue to get it feeling better,” said Lee, who suffered the injury in the regular-season finale. “I’m able to actually put a little weight on it today for the first time. We’ll just see how it progresses over these next few days.”

This is obviously not good news for the Mavs as they head into the series already short-handed with Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Evans out for the year and a plethora of veteran players on the roster nursing separate injuries.

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It’s unsure of the timeline for the return of Lee (as stated above), but anymore injury news for the Mavericks is the last thing Dallas needs. Expect a lot more of Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell while Lee is out.

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