Pat McCaw can't turn his brain off.
"I think I overthink a lot of stuff," McCaw told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson after Saturday night's win over the Pelicans. "It's good and it's bad as far as being a player. So sometimes I get down on myself. I miss, or make a bad play. It just takes away from my entire game.
"And I'm just starting to relax and just find myself again, and find that comfort level where I'm able to play. And more so just think about that."
It's been an up-and-down season for the second-year guard.
After registering nine points and two assists against the Spurs on Nov. 2, Steve Kerr told reporters: "I'm going to be going with Patty."
Kerr did also say: "But that doesn't mean I can't change ... Nick's going to play, too. It's just a matter of time."
The head coach wasn't lying.
On the Warriors' four-game road trip, McCaw did not play in Boston and played a combined 18 minutes at Philly, Brooklyn and OKC.
After barely playing in the first half against the Bulls, McCaw made all three of his 3-point attempts in the second half.
He got about eight minutes of playing time on Saturday against the Pelicans.
Whenever he's on the court, McCaw's teammates and coaches want him to be aggressive.
"They know what I can do," McCaw told The Athletic. "Sometimes when I'm just in that mode, you kind of see, 'He's coasting,' or, 'He's not playing to the potential that he's able to play at. … what's going on?'
"So, it's kind of tough, man, just having that thought process like I do. Cause I think about everything like every second of the game. Even if I'm not in. I've always been that way. From high school to college, I've always been like that...
"Even if it's a good play or a bad play, I still feel like, 'I could have did it another way.' That's the biggest thing I'm working on right now."
Andre Iguodala is doubtful for tonight's game against the Kings, and Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are all questionable.
McCaw may have a big opportunity...
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