OAKLAND -- Warriors forward David Lee won't play Saturday at Phoenix and will have missed three of the team's past four games while also going through a daily dilemma.
Should he play or sit while dealing with a sprained shoulder and strained hip?
"My whole thing is to help this team any way I can and even if that means not playing as many minutes or whatever (or) just to go out and give this team what I can," Lee told 95.7 The Game on Thursday before he sat out against Chicago.
"It's just a tough call for me sometimes simply because I also felt awful against Portland and against the Clippers and was able to go out there, and I think be a big difference-maker in getting those victories."
Since a collision with Indiana's Roy Hibbert caused the sprained left shoulder Jan. 20, Lee has seen his play become less consistent. He scored 17 points against Portland while playing good defense against LaMarcus Aldridge and came through with 10-for-15 shooting nights against Minnesota and the Los Angeles Clippers.
But he was 2 for 10 from the field in a loss to Washington and 3 for 13 in a loss to Charlotte on Tuesday that snapped his streak of double-digit scoring at 123 games.
"Offensively, we kind of had to improvise sometimes," Lee told the station. "It's things that are more precise. For instance, shooting a left-handed jump hook with a hand in your face is a little different when your shoulder's not feeling the way it should be."
Draymond Green, who in his first start of the season in place of Lee against Chicago had nine points and seven rebounds, said the win was a step toward showing Lee that teammates could perform well in his place.
"One thing we have to do as a supporting cast is give him confidence that he can take that risk (of sitting out) when he needs to take that risk," Green said.
Other big men not practicing Friday were centers Andrew Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) and Jermaine O'Neal (wrist), with Bogut listed as questionable for the Phoenix game.
O'Neal was sidelined for precautionary reasons after playing in his second game since returning from wrist surgery, according to coach Mark Jackson, who added he imagined the 18-year veteran was fine. O'Neal collected four points and five rebounds in 26 minutes while starting in place of Bogut against Chicago.
"I knew I yelled, but I didn't know I yelled that far down the court," Green said. "Just in the heat of the moment we were making a run. I don't get many dunks, so I've got to get excited when I get one."
Green could get the start in Phoenix as well after making a memorable play that Jackson was reminded of when he woke up in the morning.
"My eyes open up, and here he is running off the screen on 'SportsCenter' with his mouth wide open like he just made the play of the century," Jackson mused.
Warriors (30-20) at Phoenix (29-20), 6 p.m., CSNBA