A week ago, Patrick McCaw stated that his goal is to return to game action during this postseason.
According to Yahoo Sports, McCaw is "on track" to meet that goal.
McCaw, who was ruled out for Game 1 against the Rockets, was on the court at the Toyota Center before the game shooting with coaches and finished off his workout with a dunk.
According to the report, the pregame workout was a byproduct of consecutive days of non-contact drills at Warriors practice.
Back on May 3, the Warriors put out an official update on McCaw stating that the second-year guard had made "steady functional progress" and that he will be re-evaluated in four weeks. That timetable would put a possible re-evaluation date somewhere around Game 2 of the NBA Finals, should the Warriors advance past the Rockets.
“That is a goal, definitely. I definitely want to be back this season. That is my main goal,” McCaw told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears on May 7.
McCaw has been out since suffering a lumbosacral bone bruise against the Kings on March 31.
In all likelihood, Patrick McCaw's 2017-18 season is over. But he's pushing to defy odds.
The Warriors guard is on the mend after suffering a lumbosacral bone bruise on March 31 against the Kings. On May 3, the Warriors announced that McCaw is making "steady functional progress" and that he had been cleared for modified on-court shooting and running drills.
The caveat was that he wouldn't be re-evaluated for another four weeks. The NBA Finals begin May 31. The four-week timeframe would put the re-evaluation at June 3. That would be right around Game 2 of the NBA Finals, assuming the Warriors advance that far.
While it might seem unrealistic for McCaw to return during such an important game and series, the second-year guard has made it his goal to play this postseason.
“That is a goal, definitely. I definitely want to be back this season. That is my main goal,” McCaw told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.
McCaw told Spears he hasn't watched the replay of the moment when Vince Carter undercut him on a layup attempt.
“I haven’t seen the video. I don’t really care to see it. I remember it pretty vividly. I was there. I haven’t taken the time to go back to just watch," McCaw said.
On Monday, the Warriors put out their injury report for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Pelicans. McCaw was the only name listed. He's clearly hoping to see his name removed from that list in a few weeks.
NEW ORLEANS -- Patrick McCaw, who suffered a severe back injury in a fall on March 31 at Sacramento, has been cleared to begin modified basketball activities, the Warriors announced Thursday.
The second-year guard was re-evaluated by the team’s medical staff, which determined he is “making steady functional progress,” enabling him to participate in light shooting and running drills.
“If you think about where he was a month ago, that night, to where he is now, basketball doesn’t even enter mind,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after practice at Smoothie King Center. “Thank God he’s healthy and walking and moving and on a good path.”
Insofar as McCaw is scheduled for another evaluation in four weeks, it is safe to assume he definitely will miss the remainder of the postseason, even if the Warriors reach the NBA Finals.
McCaw was diagnosed with a lumbar spine contusion after landing hard beneath the basket when being undercut by Kings guard Vince Carter at Golden 1 Center. He was strapped to a gurney and taken to the UC-Davis Medical Center, where he remained until the next afternoon before being released.
Kerr stopped short of considered the opening of training camp in September as a timeline for McCaw’s return.
"We’re just kind of taking it week by week,” the coach said. "As he gets better, he gets to do more and we’ll just see where it all goes.”