The sight of Patrick McCaw under the basket in pain was something Vince Carter could not escape.
Carter made inadvertent contact with McCaw on a layup with 41.8 seconds left in the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. The second-year Warriors guard landed hard and told medical staff he could not feel his legs.
McCaw had to be immobilized and placed on a stretcher before being transported to UC Davis Medical Center for further evaluation.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac told The Bee's Ailene Voisin after visiting the Warriors' locker room that McCaw was beginning to have feeling in his toes.
Carter was somber after the Kings lost to the Golden State Warriors, 112-96, Saturday night at Golden 1 Center. He didn't care that he was called for a flagrant foul on the play and hadn't even seen a replay.
Carter spent the time McCaw was down kneeling or standing near him with a look of concern. Carter still looked down after the game.
"I just hope he's OK," Carter said. "I play this game because I love it and enjoy it, not to see young guys get hurt. He has a bright future. I just hate to see it."
That it was an accident didn't give Carter any solace.
"You can tell me whatever, it was an accident, whatever, I just don't like to see it," Carter said. "I don't like to see him sitting there in pain saying he can't feel his lower half. I don't know. It doesn't sit well with me."
After McCaw was taken off the court, players from both teams huddled in prayer.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said "it was really scary" to see McCaw in so much pain. Kings coach Dave Joerger described Carter as "down" after the game.
Rookie teammate De'Aaron Fox said Carter was "really hard on himself" about the situation.
"I didn't see the replay," Kerr said. "Vince felt horrible. He was out there next to him. Vince felt awful and Pat was in extreme pain. Everybody felt bad. All we can do is just hope we get a positive response from the hospital and we'll see."
Carter is usually one of the more engaging Kings when speaking with media, but Saturday he was more worried about McCaw than anything that had to with the game. Carter went over to the Warriors' bench after the game, still bothered by McCaw's fall.
Carter, a 20-year veteran, is known and respected around the NBA for his sportsmanship and did not want the Warriors to think there was any ill will on his part and that he doesn't play to hurt opponents.
"I know Vince's spirit and his heart and I don't believe it was intentional at all," said Warriors forward Kevin Durant. "It looked like he was just caught in the middle of wanting to get in the play and wanting to move out of the way.
"Pat was just coming so fast and it was just an unfortunate play. Nobody in our locker room thinks Vince did that on purpose."
Still, Carter felt the need to say something to the Warriors.
"It doesn’t matter," Carter said when asked what he said. "I just wanted to tell them—I'm not really big into all of that. I apologized. I wanted to say to them it wasn't like that and they understand and they shared their words back."
Durant led the Warriors (55-21) with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Klay Thompson returned from a thumb injury after missing eight games to add 25 points.
Buddy Hield led the Kings (24-53) with 19 points.