The Golden State Warriors have updated their injury report for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, and both Andre Iguodala and wing Patrick McCaw are listed as questionable.
McCaw has been sidelined since March 31, when he suffered a lumbar spine contusion after a scary fall on the court at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, a fall that caused him to momentarily lose feeling in his legs.
Trailing the Houston Rockets 3-2 in the series, Golden State needed to find some sort of wing depth on a roster stocked with centers, and McCaw could provide that depth.
Given the Iguodala injury suffered in Game 3 of the series, and the fact that head coach Steve Kerr has had to play Quinn Cook and Nick Young for significant stretches, the activation of McCaw will bolster a very thin wing rotation.
While the activation of McCaw theoretically solves that numbers crunch, the move is nonetheless surprising. McCaw has not played since the injury, which happened when, after taking a pass from Jordan Bell and going up for a layup, he was undercut by the Kings’ Vince Carter and came crashing to the ground on his back.
McCaw was on the floor for 10 minutes before being taken to UC Davis Medical center for evaluation. He began modified basketball drills, on May 3, he was slated to be re-evaluated by a specialist on May 31.
Before he was injured, the second-year guard was averaging 4.0 points, 1.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game.
McCaw had been traveling with the team in the playoffs, and had been getting shots up. Still, he was not anticipated to even be cleared to play until the NBA Finals. Even then, it was not expected that McCaw would play.
Golden State lost two playoff games in a row for the first time in Kerr’s tenure this week, and recently saw their NBA-record streak of 16 straight home playoff wins snapped.
If McCaw and Iguodala play, that changes a great many things in a crucial Game 6. With the Rockets missing guard Chris Paul until Game 7 at the earliest, due to a hamstring injury suffered in Game 5, the Warriors return home to a 12.5-point advantage according to Las Vegas sports books.