David Lee Knocks Out Wilson Chandler's Tooth, Sidelined With Infected Elbow
The infection stems from the Warriors' Wednesday game against the Knicks in what was Lee's first return to Madison Square Garden since leaving New York in a July sign-and-trade. Lee's elbow collided with the mouth of Knicks forward Wilson Chandler, cutting the Warrior and causing Chandler to lose a tooth.
Apparently, immediate medical attention didn't prevent bacteria from taking over. Lee's elbow was cleaned and wrapped in gauze Wednesday, but it was a bloody mess out there. Lee ended up with 28 and 10 in 40 minutes, and Golden State won.
The Warriors seem to be particularly vulnerable to non-standard injuries. Andris Biedrins missed time a couple seasons ago due to appendicitis, and Monta Ellis famously missed 50 games after a moped accident shredded his ankle. It's an unfortunate turn of events for Lee, who has missed a total of three games over the last three seasons. He didn't play in Golden State's bad Thursday loss in Chicago.
Lee's ill fortune certainly doesn't represent the first elbow vs. face showdown in the NBA. Almost a year ago, Dirk Nowitzki careened into Carl Landry (then with the Rockets), resulting in pieces of Landry's teeth becoming embedded in the German's arm.