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Warriors' Patrick McCaw hopes to return during playoff run: 'That is my main goal'

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Patrick McCaw has his sights set on playing in the postseason.

The Warriors guard remains sidelined with a lumbar spine contusion but hopes to get back on the court at some point during the playoffs.

"That is a goal, definitely. I definitely want to be back this season. That is my main goal," McCaw said, via The Undefeated.

McCaw fell hard to the floor after being inadvertently bumped while attempting a dunk against the Kings in a March 31 game. He was diagnosed with a lumbosacral bone bruise but has made "steady functional progress" and was even cleared to begin modified on-court running and shooting drills last week.

The Warriors released a statement May 3 saying McCaw would be re-evaluated in four weeks. That would suggest his earliest possible return would be if the Warriors make the NBA Finals, which begin May 31. (The series runs through June 17, if necessary.)

Even if McCaw gets medical approval to play, there's the question of whether the team would rush him back into action after two months off. But McCaw is working hard to return, and he's got plenty of support behind him.

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"My support system, everyone surrounding me, my mom, my dad, my sisters, my girlfriend, my friends, just the entire team and staff of the Warriors have been keeping me in high spirits," McCaw said. "Everything is going to be all right. Thinking back to what happened, everything could have been so much worse for me. I have nothing but optimism about what is going to happen.

"I'm excited about my rehab and me coming back and playing the game that I love. Everybody has been helping me stay levelheaded and keep working hard."

McCaw, 22, was selected by Golden State in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft and made 20 starts as a rookie last season. He averaged 4.0 points per game this season.

The Warriors hold a 3-1 series lead over the Pelicans, with Game 5 set for 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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