Warriors’ Damion Lee out at least 2 weeks with broken right hand
Injury update: Warriors guard Damion Lee suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand during last night’s game against the Utah Jazz, an MRI revealed this morning. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) November 12, 2019
Lee scored eight points on 4-for-11 shooting across 22 minutes Monday before departing. His injury adds to the laundry list of ailments that has turned the Warriors’ season sideways almost nearly out of the starting block. Lee’s broken hand becomes the second significant hand break for Golden State, who has already lost Stephen Curry for the foreseeable future due a hand fracture of his own.
As Anthony Slater of The Athletic points out, Lee, who is on a two-way deal with the Warriors, has a 45-day limit on the team’s roster before potentially earning a standard NBA deal. While injured, he will not accumulate roster time toward that mark, giving head coach Steve Kerr and Co. time to decide how their roster will shake out:
Side story on this Damion Lee injury: He won’t accumulate time toward his 45-day limit while sidelined. They were going to be forced to make a roster decision at some point (they want Lee full time). That decision is now pushed further into future.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 12, 2019
In 11 games off the bench for Golden State, Lee showed flashes of being a consistent bench scorer, having accumulated 10.0 points per game in 21.9 minutes per night. He played sparingly for the Warriors last season, getting into 32 games as a reserve, although not having anywhere near the impact that he has had in the early part of 2019-20.
His absence will likely force Jordan Poole into a larger role than he has already had to take on, while Glenn Robinson III should continue to see a pile of minutes at the small forward slot.