Warriors' Patrick McCaw to miss at least three games with spine injury

Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw wheeled off on stretcher after scary fall

Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw wheeled off on stretcher after scary fall

McCaw stayed on the ground for about 10 minutes before being carried off the court.

Teammate Nick Young had a hard time looking in the direction of McCaw while he was being tended to.

A handful of Warriors coaches and teammates visited McCaw at the hospital late Saturday night, including head coach Steve Kerr. McCaw immediately screamed in pain and rolled over on the floor after also nursing a lower back contusion the previous week. Carter got close to McCaw and offered some words just before the stretcher was pulled away.

McCaw was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for further evaluation, the team said.

"It's terrifying. That's all we're thinking about", said Kerr, who did not want to talk about anything from the game itself. "We just hope he's OK".

When McCaw was taken off the court, he was given a standing ovation by those inside the Golden 1 Center, and the players from both teams huddled together for a prayer.

"You can tell me whatever, it was an accident, whatever, I just don't like to see it", Carter said. The Warriors then play on Saturday against New Orleans at Oracle Arena, though it's too early to say if McCaw will return by then. Carter has never been known a dirty player and seeing his reaction it sure appears that nothing he did during that play was intentional.


"I didn't see the replay", Kerr said.

"I remember his foot hitting the side of my leg, that's it", Carter said.

McCaw was going for the basket when Vince Carter of the Kings got under him as he was going up. He didn't care that he was called for a flagrant foul on the play and hadn't even seen a replay. "Vince felt awful. He was out there next to him".

Carter is usually one of the more engaging Kings when speaking with media, but Saturday he was more anxious about McCaw than anything that had to with the game. The Warriors announced later that a chest X-ray and CT scan came back clear and that McCaw would undergo an MRI. "I know that was tough on Vince".

Durant scored 17 points and Thompson added 14 as Golden State held a 57-49 advantage at the break.

"Pat was just coming so fast and it was just an unfortunate play".

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