DENVER - The Denver Nuggets will see one their best rebounders return to the court, just when the Golden State Warriors lost theirs for the series.
Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried said Sunday that he will play in Game 2 against the Warriors when the series resumes on Tuesday.
Faried is averaging 11.5 points and leads the team with 9.2 rebounds.
The second-year forward sprained his right ankle against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 14. He missed the final two games of the regular season.
The news is much worse for Golden State as their forward David Lee will be out of the remainder of the playoffs due to a complete tear of his right hip flexor, the Warriors announced.
The Warriors announcement came following an MRI that was conducted Sunday morning.
Lee was injured in with 11:33 remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 1, when he was driving towards the basket and fell on his hip.
The Warriors will miss Lee’s production as he had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the game.
Lee was the Warriors lone All-Star, averaging 18.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
He also led the NBA in double-doubles with 56.