- Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer
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Having already missed seven games with a lower right leg injury, Knicks forward David Lee will be out at least a couple of more weeks, according to Knicks vice president of public relations, Jonathan Supranowitz.
On Monday, Lee traveled from New York to Indianapolis to obtain a second opinion on his leg that has already cost him nearly three weeks of action.
While Lee originally was diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain, doctors in Indianapolis classified it as a "stress reaction," which, according to Supranowitz, is similar to a bone bruise.
Lee has been thoroughly frustrated with the injury. When he first went down, Lee thought he would miss days instead of weeks. After he misses Wednesday's Knicks game in Toronto, Lee will have sat out exactly three weeks.
On Monday, Isiah Thomas received a multiyear extension as team president and coach for having the Knicks (29-34) in the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but his team will limp through customs on Wednesday.
Besides Lee's injury, Jamal Crawford is out for the season with a stress facture in his right ankle and Quentin Richardson's back has suddenly made him almost a nightly game-time decision.
But it is Lee's loss that might be the greatest, because he plays Robin to Eddy Curry's Batman, cleaning up the boards and providing the Knicks with an abundance of energy as the team's sixth man.
Andrew Marchand is the managing editor of ESPN Radio 1050 in New York.
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