Patrick McCaw
Paramedics transport Patrick McCaw on a stretcher after he took a hard fall on his back against the Kings. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

One of the hardest and scariest moments NBA fans had to watch this season was the terrifying fall Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw took during a March game against the Sacramento Kings.

Landing awkwardly on his lower back area while going up for a finish at the rim, McCaw exited on a stretcher and was later diagnosed with a lumbosacral bone bruise. Now over two weeks removed from the injury, McCaw says he’s improving but it’s his sleeping habits that are most problematic. McCaw told Bay Area News Group’s Melissa Rohlin that he can’t sleep at night due to the excruciating pain that still lingers:

While the extent of the injury is labeled as just a bone bruise, inconsistent sleeping habits are a different problem in and of itself. Even with the current pain medication he’s on, the supplements clearly aren’t strong enough to ease the discomfort Patrick McCaw’s back has been causing.

You can watch the frightening fall McCaw suffered weeks ago below.

With the playoffs now upon us, it remains to be seen whether Patrick McCaw could even consider a return to the court anytime soon, as it’s obvious the injury is still impacting his daily life let alone his ability to play basketball. McCaw was initially expected to be re-evaluated in four weeks, a date that is still over 10 days away.

When healthy, McCaw has proven to be a valuable piece off the bench for the Golden State Warriors.

Though the emergence of Quinn Cook has helped ease not having Stephen Curry in the lineup, McCaw’s presence could have provided some familiarity during their first-round matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, but the guard instead looks a ways away from any potential return.


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