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Pat McCaw feels 'truly blessed' to return to Warriors facility

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Pat McCaw feels 'truly blessed' to return to Warriors facility

OAKLAND -- Pat McCaw made an appearance at the Warriors facility on Sunday. He would have driven there, but he’s too fragile to get behind the wheel.

He would like to get a good night’s sleep, but the pain is too intense to allow that.

So don’t expect the second-year guard to step on the basketball court anytime soon. Barring a medical miracle, McCaw, sidelined with a lumbar spine bruise, won’t be coming back this postseason.

“It’s definitely the goal, to get back,” he said. “I definitely miss being out there with the guys, being around the team, just being on the floor and playing the game that I love. All I want is just to continue to progress and get better and only time will tell.”

McCaw sustained the injury March 31 at Sacramento. After lifting off for a dunk, he lost balance in mid-air when his legs were clipped by Kings guard Vince Carter. McCaw landed hard on a back, screaming in agony, before eventually being placed on a stretcher and transported from Golden 1 Center to U.C. Davis Medical Center, where he remained overnight.

“I just remember laying on that ground and praying to God to just make sure that I’d be all right,” McCaw said. “Things could be a lot worse than they are right now. I’m glad I’m able to still stand on my own two feet.”

McCaw has been home since April 1. He has progressed to the point that he is able to walk cautiously and begin light rehabilitation but remains restricted from significant physical activities.

“There’s so much more than just basketball in life, just being able to still have a chance to do what I love to do, still being able to walk, still being able to move on my own,” he said. “Just thinking about all the negatives that could have possibly happened to me, I’m just truly blessed.

“It’s kind of hard for me right now, not being able to play the game I love. But I’m starting to understand that it’s much bigger than just basketball.”

2019 NBA All-Star Game live stream: How to watch online, on TV

2019 NBA All-Star Game live stream: How to watch online, on TV

It's Team LeBron versus Team Giannis. 

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is here, and the Warriors are represented by three players -- Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Curry will be the lone Warrior on Team Giannis, and Durant and Thompson will be together on Team LeBron. 

We've already ranked the top players in this year's All-Star Game. But who will put on the best show and leave with a win?

Steph fell short in a 3-Point Contest for the ages, so he's sure to be out for revenge, even against a Golden State duo. 

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Here's how you can watch Team LeBron take on Team Giannis in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, both on TV and streaming live online.

When: 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 17
TV: TNT
Live Stream: fuboTV

Jayson Tatum's bold NBA Finals prediction for Celtics seems premature

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Jayson Tatum's bold NBA Finals prediction for Celtics seems premature

Jayson Tatum evidently forgot the Golden State Warriors still play in the NBA.

The second-year Boston Celtics guard was feeling himself Saturday at NBA All-Star festivities. He won the All-Star Skills Challenge, then had something bold to say about his team’s chances in the second half of the season.

“We’re going to win the Finals this year,” Tatum said, via ESPN. “February 16th, Jayson Tatum said we’re going to win the finals this year.”

Weird flex, Jayson, but OK …

The trends don’t support Tatum’s assertion. First, the Celtics sit fourth in the ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, well behind the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors, so they’d have an uphill climb to come out of that side of the league. Oddsmakers don’t have much faith in that, while the Bucks and the Raptors’ odds have shot up significantly, per OddsShark.

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Should the Celtics overcome those odds, the Warriors likely would be waiting for them in the Finals. And even though Boston played Golden State tight last month at TD Garden, the rematch March 5 in Oakland will give us a much better look at where the Celtics are. After all, Boston probably would have to win a Finals game or two at Oracle Arena to fulfill Tatum’s vow.

Easier said than done.

Tatum is confident, which is great. What else is he supposed to say about his team? But there’s much more work ahead of the Celtics before they can talk about winning it all, especially with the back-to-back NBA champions most likely their final hurdle.