Patrick McCaw

Warriors Notes: NBA Title, McCaw, Cook, Draft

Despite outside appearances, the Warriors didn’t have an easy time collecting their third NBA championship in four years, writes Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. Spears outlines injuries, complacency and other issues that affected Golden State during its title run and sheds more light on comments made by David West, who said after Game 4, “There were some things internally. … It’s a testament to the type of people these guys are, how tied we were as a group and then we were able to win it.”

Four key players, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Patrick McCaw and Andre Iguodala, had to overcome injuries at some point in the postseason, and Draymond Green said the team’s fragile physical condition provided incentive to sweep the Finals before anyone else got hurt. Spears notes that the team also had to deal with the distractions of a dispute with President Trump, a pre-season trip to China and focus issues that resulted in the league’s third-best record despite a wealth of talent.

“Maybe it looked easy to you, but it was hard,” GM Bob Myers said. “… We had never been a two seed. We had to win a Game 7 on the road. We had some injuries. Just the wear and tear of trying to do it four [straight] times in the Finals. But they stepped up at the end. The players got it done. It was a credit to them.”

There’s more Warriors news to pass along:

  • This year’s championship was especially meaningful to McCaw and Quinn Cook, who were both in tears after Friday’s victory, Spears adds. There were concerns that McCaw might not walk again after a violent fall in a March 31 game that resulted in a lumbar spinal contusion. McCaw vowed to return and made it back for Game 6 of the conference semifinals. Cook, who was waived by the Hawks in training camp, signed a two-way contract with the Warriors and earned a full NBA deal just before the playoffs.
  • Golden State isn’t concerned about keeping its core together, but the team would like to add some younger players during the offseason, relays Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. “We just have to be always moving forward to try to improve our team,” owner Joe Lacob said. “So I actually think this draft is a very important one for us. We need to get some youth on the team going forward. So we’re paying significant attention to it, and I am, too. Probably more than any other year.
  • The Warriors were able to build an elite roster because players were willing to accept less than their market value, notes Scott Stinson of The National Post. Curry had a team-friendly contract for years before his latest extension, and Kevin Durant played for $25MM this season.

Warriors Notes: Iguodala, McCaw, Green, Young

The bone bruise on Andre Iguodala‘s left knee is healing more slowly than the Warriors had hoped and he appears to be a long shot to play in Game 7, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. Iguodala was declared out shortly before Game 6 and is officially listed as day-to-day, but coach Steve Kerr is pessimistic about his chances to return.

“We’re operating under the assumption he won’t play,” Kerr said.

Losing Iguodala has left the Warriors scrambling to find a fifth player to pair with their four All-Stars. Of the contenders, rookie Jordan Bell had the best plus/minus rating in Game 6 at +10, but he’s slow to react defensively and remains jumpy and prone to foul trouble, Slater writes. Kevon Looney has been starting in Iguodala’s absence, but the Rockets are scoring on him regularly and he doesn’t provide much offense. Shaun Livingston has looked best in that role, but Kerr prefers to limit him to 15 minutes per game.

There’s more Warriors news to pass along this morning:

  • Saturday’s blowout allowed Patrick McCaw to see four minutes of action at the end of the game, Slater notes in the same story. McCaw, who missed nearly two full months after a frightening fall, was activated before Game 6. Slater suggests he could work his way into a larger role if the Warriors reach the NBA Finals. “Coach Kerr pulled me aside today and just [asked] me, how would I feel being active and suiting up and if we get up big to play three or four minutes at the end of the game,” McCaw said. “… I called my mom. I called my dad, let them know I would be putting my uniform on tonight.”
  • Two years ago, Draymond Green was convinced he was about to be traded following a heated clash with Kerr, writes Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. However, Kerr denies the team ever considered such a move. “This guy is the best at what he does in the entire league,” he said. “At that point, he had already helped us win a title, and he’s in the prime of his career. Like, what are we talking about? The ‘Draymond problem’ wasn’t really that big of a problem. It was just: Can we help him channel his emotion and his energy in the right direction?'”
  • Nick Young provided an unusual explanation for his defensive improvement in Game 6, relays Jace Evans of USA Today, saying former NBA star Dennis Rodman visited him in a dream. “He had the purple hair, all kinds of stuff,” Young said. “He told me, ‘Tomorrow you’re going to play a little defense,’ and I was like, ‘Nah that’s not my game, Dennis Rodman, why you in my dream?’ But it just so happened I played a little defense.”

Andre Iguodala Out For Game 6

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will miss his third straight game tonight, tweets Chris Haynes of ESPN.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed the decision, relays Anthony Slater of The Athletic (Twitter link). “Until he’s able to run without pain, I can’t play him,” Kerr told reporters at a pre-game press conference, adding that Iguodala’s status remains day-to-day.

The 34-year-old is dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee that he suffered when he bumped knees with James Harden in Game 3. The Rockets have won both games that Iguodala has missed and have a chance to close out the series tonight.

Kevon Looney, who has started the past two games in Iguodala’s absence, will likely get a starting assignment again tonight. Patrick McCaw was activated earlier today after missing nearly two months, but Kerr isn’t sure whether he will play, acknowledging that it’s a “tough” situation.

Iguodala was a valuable contributor before the injury, averaging 7.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.1 APG and 1.4 SPG in the playoffs and starting 12 of the 13 games in which he has appeared. He is an important component of the “Hamptons Five” lineup that makes Golden State so difficult to match up with.

Patrick McCaw To Be Activated For Game 6

2:38pm: Both McCaw and Iguodala are officially listed as questionable for tonight’s Game 6, per Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post.

1:36pm: The Warriors are planning to activate Patrick McCaw for Game 6 tonight against the Rockets, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. It would be the first time McCaw has played since he injured his back in a scary fall on March 31.

The Warriors have lost both games against the Rockets since Andre Iguodala injured his left leg in Game 3, and Iguodala remains questionable for Game 6, so perhaps Golden State is hoping McCaw will be able to mimic some of Iguodala’s talents should he still not be ready to go.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic reminds us that McCaw had trouble walking and sleeping for about a month after his injury, and that recovery was slow at first, meaning it’d be a monumental ask for the Warriors to expect too much out of McCaw in his first game back.

Before his injury, McCaw was averaging 4.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game.

Patrick McCaw May Return During Postseason

When Patrick McCaw suffered a scary fall and had to be taken off the court on a stretcher near the end of the regular season, it looked like his year might be over. However, McCaw continues to make progress in his injury recovery and is on track for a possible return during the postseason, tweets Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

As Charania details, McCaw was able to do non-contact drills at practice for consecutive days. Now, on Monday night, he’s expected to go through his first on-court pregame workout since his March 31 fall.

McCaw, who is dealing with a lumbosacral bone bruise, began modified shooting and running drills earlier this month, with the Warriors indicating on May 3 that he’d be re-evaluated in four weeks. It’s not clear if the second-year guard will be ready to return to action at that four-week mark, but if he is, he could suit up for the Dubs in the NBA Finals — assuming they can get past the Rockets.

The Western Conference Finals, which get underway tonight, are scheduled to run through May 28 if they go seven games, so McCaw is unlikely to get back on the court by the end of the series.

Patrick McCaw Cleared For Shooting, Running Drills

Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was re-evaluated today and results indicated he has made functional progress after suffering a lumbosacral bone bruise, according to the team’s public relations department. McCaw has been cleared to begin modified shooting and running drills and he will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

This could effectively end McCaw’s 2017/18 season unless the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals and McCaw’s next re-evaluation reveals that he’s close to a return.

McCaw was stretchered off the court after he suffered a dangerous fall in a game against the Kings last month. The injury shook up both the Warriors and Kings, specifically veteran Vince Carter, who was part of the play that led to the injury. Luckily, McCaw walked away without any permanent or serious injury and will resume his playing career.

Before the injury, the second-year guard was averaging 4.0 PPG and 1.4 APG in 57 games (10 starts) for Golden State.

Patrick McCaw To Be Re-Evaluated In Four Weeks

The Warriors issued an update on injured guard Patrick McCaw today, announcing in a press release that McCaw didn’t suffer any neurological damage after falling to the floor during Saturday’s game against Sacramento. However, the second-year guard has been diagnosed with a a lumbosacral bone bruise and will remain sidelined for the rest of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.

According to the Warriors, McCaw will be re-evaluated in four weeks. Even if he’s able to return at that point, McCaw would miss the entire first round of the postseason, as well as the start of the second round.

With McCaw and Stephen Curry expected to be out of action to open the playoffs, the Warriors will lean more heavily on Shaun Livingston, Klay Thompson, and Nick Young in their backcourt. Two-way player Quinn Cook is also expected to sign a standard NBA contract in the coming days in order to ensure that he’s eligible for the postseason.

McCaw’s contract with the Warriors is set to expire this summer, so while Golden State is the team most invested in his health at the moment, potential offseason suitors will also be keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old’s recovery. McCaw will be eligible for restricted free agency, giving the Dubs the opportunity to match any offers he receives.

Warriors’ Patrick McCaw Leaves Game On Stretcher

12:08pm: The MRI showed that McCaw is “structurally sound” and he may be released from the hospital today, tweets Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. No timetable has been set for him to return to the court.

9:59am: An MRI is scheduled for today on Warriors guard Patrick McCaw after a dangerous fall in Saturday’s game with the Kings, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.

McCaw crashed to the court after colliding with Vince Carter on a drive to the basket. He remained on the floor for about 10 minutes as paramedics stabilized his neck and loaded him onto a stretcher. He was taken to a nearby medical center, where a chest X-ray and CT scan both came back clear.

“It was really scary,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “He was in a lot of pain, laying on his back. … It’s scary stuff.”

Kerr lashed out at Carter immediately after the incident, but changed his mind as he saw that Carter was disturbed by McCaw’s injury and walked onto the court to console him. David WestShaun Livingston and JaVale McGee spent time in the locker room to compose themselves, and both teams gathered in prayer as McCaw was taken off the court.

“I just hope he’s OK,” said Carter, who was given a flagrant foul on the play. “I play this game because I love it and enjoy it, not to see young guys get hurt. He has a bright future. I just hate to see it.”

Warriors players believe it was an accident and aren’t blaming Carter for what happened.

“I know Vince’s spirit and his heart. I don’t believe it was intentional at all,” Kevin Durant said. “It looked like he was just caught in the middle of the play and wanted to move out of the way, but Pat was coming so fast. It was just an unfortunate play. Nobody in our locker room thinks Vince did that on purpose.”

Injury Notes: Hill, Wall, McCaw, Gordon, Anderson

After missing the Pelicans‘ first 69 games this season due to a torn left hamstring, Solomon Hill returned on Sunday and said he “felt way better than I thought I would,” per William Guillory of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Despite the fact that he hadn’t appeared in a regular season game since last spring and only played eight minutes, Hill said he felt comfortable on the court.

“I kind of felt after a while that it was like my fifth game back,” Hill said. “It kind of just came and went. … When it was over, (I) was really thinking I can play more. It’s a good sign.”

As New Orleans works Hill back into its rotation, let’s round up a few more injury-related notes from around the NBA…

  • It’s not “etched in stone,” but John Wall could participate in five-on-five practice by the end of this week, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said today (Twitter link via Candace Buckner of The Washington Post). Wall, sidelined since January 25, remains on track to return from his knee injury in advance of the playoffs.
  • Patrick McCaw is set to return to action on Monday night against San Antonio, and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr doesn’t expect the second-year guard to just sit on the bench. Expect McCaw to play about 15 to 20 minutes, tweets Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “We need him,” Kerr said.
  • Having passed the concussion protocol, Aaron Gordon will be available to play for the Magic on Tuesday night vs. Toronto, the team announced today (via Twitter). Gordon, a restricted free agent this summer, last appeared in a game on March 7.
  • Ryan Anderson played in both of the Rockets‘ games over the weekend after missing the previous nine contests with hip and groin injuries. As Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle writes, Anderson struggled a little with his rhythm in his first game back, but said he felt “no pain.”

Warriors Notes: Cook, Casspi, Centers, McCaw

Two-way player Quinn Cook continues to make a strong push for a standard NBA contract, writes Anthony Slater of The Athletic. With three All-Star teammates sidelined by injuries, the second-year point guard had 28 points in Saturday’s win over the Suns, following up a 25-point performance the night before.

Cook is nearing his 45-day NBA limit, but that won’t be an issue once the G League season ends next week. The Warriors will be able to keep him for the rest of the regular season, but they must convert his contract by April 10 to make him eligible for the playoffs. Cook has a vocal supporter in teammate Draymond Green, who wants to see him on the postseason roster.

“I’ve said all along, I sit here and I watch so many other teams play and I wonder: ‘How is Quinn Cook a two-way player?’” Green said. “Then you have guys in the league who can’t dribble with their left hand or can’t go left, can’t go right. Then you have a guy like that is a two-way player? I’m happy for him, happy he’s showing the world and pray he gets rewarded.”

Slater passes on a few more items about the defending champs:

  • The top candidate to be waived to make room for Cook is veteran forward Omri Casspi, who got some good news after an MRI Saturday. The team announced that his ankle injury is a tweak rather than a sprain and instead of missing a week, he is now day-to-day. Center Damian Jones, who has played in only five games, could also be waived, but he has more than $1.5MM guaranteed for next season and the Warriors are reluctant to create dead money. Slater doesn’t expect a decision until well into April.
  • Zaza Pachulia has replaced JaVale McGee as the starting center over the past three games, but coach Steve Kerr said that move may not be permanent. He plans to wait until some of his star players return before deciding who will start heading into the postseason. “It’s very different depending on who is on the floor around those guys,” Kerr said. “Right now, the game is played in a much smaller radius for us because we don’t have all the shooting. In that smaller radius, we’re more dependent on screens and moving the ball and things that Zaza is good at. I’ve told all the centers that anything can happen, really, that anything can happen. They all have to stay ready based on matchups.”
  • Shooting guard Patrick McCaw may return Monday after missing more than a month with a wrist fracture that he suffered in a G League game. He was putting up disappointing numbers before the injury, but the team is hoping he can be an asset off the bench in the playoffs.