OAKLAND, California — Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw has been released from a hospital following a terrifying fall during Saturday’s (Sunday, Manila time) game at Sacramento.
The team also said on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) that preliminary tests showed McCaw has no structural damage or problems with his nervous system after the freak injury.
Golden State announced that X-rays, a CT scan and an MRI “were all clear.” McCaw was able to leave UC Davis Medical Center. He is scheduled to be re-examined by a specialist on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) and his injury — aside from anything related to the impact of the fall — will be listed as a bruised lumbar spine.
The second-year pro was taken away on a stretcher after a thud to the court following a foul by Sacramento’s Vince Carter in the Warriors’ 112-96 win.
McCaw, who appeared to be trying to dunk, did a scissor kick in the air over Carter’s shoulder before landing hard on his back. He lay in agony for about 10 minutes as the crowd quieted. Carter, who was given a flagrant-one foul, knelt nearby as medical personnel from both teams along with Warriors coach Steve Kerr rushed onto the court.
Players for both teams eventually came to the floor and huddled in prayer as McCaw was placed on a stretcher and wheeled away with his neck stabilized.