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Injury Update: Pat McCaw clears tests and MRI, set for release

After a terrifying moment on Saturday, McCaw and the Warriors got good news on Sunday.

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All things considered, Patrick McCaw and the Golden State Warriors got the best news they could have hoped for on Sunday.

McCaw left Saturday night’s game in a stretcher, after a very scary fall. He reportedly was experiencing numbness in his legs, and, out of fear of a spinal injury, paramedics stabilized his neck and spine before getting him off the court. Once removed from the court, McCaw was taken the UC Davis hospital.

Any time a player lands on their back and loses sensation, you fear for the worst. Thankfully, McCaw got only good news at the hospital, as he cleared a series of tests, and his x-rays came back negative. The team is anticipating that he’ll be released from the hospital today.

Without any more information, it’s impossible to know when McCaw will return to the court. It could be that right now the only ailment is soreness, and he’ll be back this week. It could be that, while he cleared the tests, there’s enough damage that he’s out for the rest of the year.

Frankly, I don’t care all that much. When a player lands on their spine and has numbness in their extremities, you begin to wonder if they’ll ever walk again, let alone play basketball. That McCaw will be just fine is as good of news as possible, return timetable be damned.


The team is officially listing the injury as a lumbar spine contusion.

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