David Lee hopes to return to the Warriors on Wednesday

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The Golden State Warriors have been one of the most impressive teams in the Western Conference so far this season, getting off to a 3-0 start. This is despite being without starting power forward David Lee, who strained his left hamstring during the Warriors’ last preseason game. According to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, Lee hopes to make his season debut on Wednesday, when the Warriors face off against the Los Angeles Clippers:

He had debilitating pain until Saturday, when he first was able to start pushing off the leg and run closer to full speed. If practice goes according to play Monday and Tuesday, he’ll start Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

Without Lee, the Warriors’ starting lineup has gotten off to slow starts — missing his ability to score and pass off the block. The Warriors have also been beaten 32-19 on the offensive glass in Lee’s absence.

Still, the Warriors want to be cautious with Lee, because hamstring injuries have a tendency to worsen if pushed. As bad as he wants to play, Lee said, “I know this is the third game of 82.”

With Lee out, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has started the smaller Draymond Green at power forward. The addition of Lee back into the rotation will make Golden State more versatile and give them a scorer in the paint. Lee will likely return to the starting lineup, but Kerr could look to play him off the bench and start Green in certain matchups.