The Golden State Warriors are in the middle of a battle with the Houston Rockets for the six-seed in the Western Conference. Right now the Warriors hold a one-game lead over the Rockets, which means they would not have to play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
The Warriors are a team that largely thrives off the play of their guards, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. However, one of the things that keeps them playing effectively offensively is the performance of David Lee.
One of the problems that Golden State has encountered over the past couple of weeks has been the offensive struggles for Lee. His rebounding numbers stayed relatively high, but his points per game numbers and efficiency had noticeably dropped. In the nine games that he played from Feb. 9 to March 2, Lee averaged just 15.7 points per game and shot just 47.1 percent from the field. That’s not awful production, but it’s not what Golden State is used to getting from Lee.
However, in the 12 games that he’s played since that time he has looked more like the player that made the All-Star Game earlier this season. Over those 12 contests, Lee has averaged 17.7 points per game and has shot 54 percent from the field. That’s what the Warriors need from Lee. They need him to score, but to score with a high rate of efficiency in the post.
As the Warriors continue to battle with the Rockets and look ahead towards the playoffs, they are primarily going to rely on Curry and Thompson when it comes to their offense. However, if they want to stay at the six-seed or possibly pull an upset in the first round of the playoffs, Lee has to continue playing solid and efficient offense for them. If that doesn’t happen, they will probably be getting bounced out of the playoffs by the Thunder in the first round.