Warriors power forward David Lee, who has missed six games with a strained right hamstring, could be sidelined for an extended period.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pounder missed Tuesday's practice, will miss Thursday's game against Denver, and now has been diagnosed with nerve inflammation in his back that has kept him from returning to any level of team activity in practice.

"We certainly miss him. We certainly need him," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "He's a guy who is doing everything possible to get back on the floor. He's frustrated right now and rightfully so. We don't know how long, but I'll tell you what: He's doing everything possible to get back on the floor for this basketball team."

Jackson said the team hasn't had any dialogue about Lee missing time in the playoffs, but that appears to be a possibility. The Warriors have five regular season games remaining and have yet to secure a postseason berth.


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