David Lee, who suffered a torn hip flexor just 12 days ago, has been cleared to play limited minutes for the Golden State Warriors in a crucial Game 6 against the Denver Nuggets, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports. Lee is listed as active for the game, according to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times, though it's not immediately clear if he will actually play.
The news represents a sharp turn for Lee, who was ruled out for the playoffs by the Warriors one day after suffering the injury in Game 1 of the series. Despite the apparent seriousness of the injury, Lee was told he did not need surgery, which may help explain this sudden change in his status.
It's not clear how much or even if Lee will play. The Warriors have thrived despite his absence, winning three straight games using a smaller lineup before falling in Tuesday's Game 5. Nevertheless, the return of the All-Star forward, even for a few minutes, could do wonders to lift Golden State's spirits in a closeout game at Oracle Arena.