Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw is reportedly out for the next month.
ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported on Wednesday that Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw will be out for roughly the next month after suffering a fracture in his left wrist. The Warriors PR account chimed in not long after, saying how McCaw will be in a cast for 10 days. His last appearance was Monday night against the Phoenix Suns. He played just seven minutes.
Golden State has been fortunate enough to avoid the injury bug this season. Jordan Bell is the only rotation player who has missed a significant amount of time, and he’s expected to return later this month. McCaw is one of the first two or three Warriors off the bench along with Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. In 51 games, he’s averaging 15.6 minutes a night.
McCaw’s intensity on the defensive end is why he’s able to maintain the spot he has. At 6-7, he’s capable of guarding two or three positions depending on the opponent’s lineup. His activity on the perimeter helps as well, and he’s averaging 2.2 steals per 100 possessions, trailing Bell, David West and Stephen Curry.
If there’s anything the Warriors won’t miss with McCaw, it’s his shooting. The 22-year-old has made just 16 of his 64 threes thus far and, according to Basketball Reference, Golden State has an offensive rating of 117.4 when McCaw’s on the bench, compared to 112.0 when he’s on the floor.
The Warriors, who are 4-2 to start the month, have a not-so-daunting schedule through the end of February and into March, with San Antonio, Minnesota and Oklahoma City being their three most significant threats.
This report will be updated as more information becomes available.
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