LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken off the court via stretcher after being undercut while scoring a basket during the team’s 112-96 win over the host Sacramento Kings on Saturday.
McCaw was soaring high for a possible dunk with 41.8 seconds left in the third quarter when Sacramento legend and dunk star Vince Carter bumped his right shoulder into McCaw’s left leg. McCaw fell to the floor in pain and rolled around on the ground before being tended to by worried teammates, trainers and Golden 1 Center medical personnel who quickly arrived at the scene.
The 22-year-old McCaw was stabilised before being taken from the floor.
The team announced he was being taken to UC Davis Medical Center for further evaluation: Chest x-rays and a CT scan were clear.
McCaw will also have an MRI at a to-be-determined time, the team announced.
“It was really scary,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said during a brief post-game press conference.
“He was in a lot of pain and he landed on his back. You saw what happened. They took him off on a stretcher and had to immobilise him. We’ll see. It is scary stuff.”
The visibly shaken coach Kerr declined to take basketball questions. Injured Warriors star Stephen Curry also was greatly concerned.
“Please send up prayers thoughts love to my guy @PMcCaw0! God please heal his body and keep him strong!,” Curry wrote in a tweet.
Carter appeared to apologise to Warriors coach Steve Kerr during the five-minute delay.
“Vince felt horrible,” Kerr explained to reporters . “I was out there next to him. Vince felt awful. Patty was in extreme pain. Everybody felt bad. All we can do is hope and get a positive response hopefully from the hospital.”