Tests show Warriors guard Patrick McCaw has no structural damage from fall


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Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw doesn’t appear to have suffered any serious injuries after a frightening fall Saturday night in a game against the Sacramento Kings.

The Warriors say X-rays, a CT scan and an MRI were “all clear,” and McCaw is expected to be released from the hospital later Sunday.  McCaw is scheduled to be re-examined by a specialist on Thursday and his injury — aside from anything related to the impact of the fall — will be listed as a lumbar spine contusion.

The second-year pro was taken off the court on a stretcher following a foul by Sacramento’s Vince Carter in the third quarter of a 112-96 Warriors win.

“I just hope he’s OK,” a visibly distraught Carter said. “I play this game because I love it and enjoy it, not to see young guys get hurt. He has a bright future. You can tell me whatever, it was an accident. … I don’t like to see him sitting there in pain saying he can’t feel his lower half.”

McCaw drove the baseline on an attempted dunk, did a scissor kick in the air over Carter’s right shoulder before landing hard on his back. He was down on the court for about 10 minutes as the arena fell silent.

Carter, who was given a Flagrant-1 foul, knelt nearby as medical personnel from both teams along with Warriors coach Steve Kerr rushed out to the baseline beneath Golden State’s basket.

“Vince is not that type of guy, he’s never been that type of guy,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “Freak accidents, things happen. A guy jumps and he didn’t touch him much if you’re as high as you can jump you lose your balance easier. I know that was tough on Vince.”

Players for both teams eventually came to the floor as McCaw was placed on a stretcher and wheeled away with his neck stabilized.

Carter said he approached members of the Warriors after the game and apologized. He appreciated the kind words from the Warriors but couldn’t get his mind off seeing McCaw on the floor.

“It’s all well and good but still a young man is trying to get his feeling back and that’s my concern,” Carter said. “Regardless of how it happened, accident, all of the things that they were telling me, you still want to see him OK.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

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