After not having much connection with the team during the Utah series, Kerr has now been visible around the team for four straight days, and was very involved behind the scenes in Sunday's 113-111 Game 1 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. "Obviously, coach Brown led most of it, but he was present".
Mike Brown has been serving as Golden State's head coach in Kerr's absence and doing an admirable job, but the latter still is finding a way to leave his mark as the Warriors march toward what they hope will be their third straight NBA Finals appearance. The reigning National Basketball Association coach of the year is recovering from a procedure to alleviate debilitating symptoms stemming from two back surgeries in 2015.
"It's obviously great any time you get to hear his voice, see his face", said Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, via ESPN. After all, it was just about a week ago that he flew to Duke Medical Center for a procedure to fix - and, hopefully, fully resolve - the spinal cord leak that has caused him problems for two years now.
The Warriors surely appreciated seeing their leader, who hasn't coached the team since Game 2 of the first round due to health issues, back in the fold. Afterward he said Kerr's speech meant a lot.
Washington Wizards Up and Down Playoff Run
Working in the Wizards' favor is the fact they are returning to the Verizon Center, where they are a ideal 5-0 this postseason. All hope isn't lost because they've yet to lose at Verizon Center and could get another crack on the Celtics' parquet.
"For me it's a little different because I hear his voice a couple times a day", Brown said. "The more that he can be around, the better feel that all of us have". He's the guy that laid the foundation and got everybody headed in the right direction. "And in the second quarter we got out of sorts".
Key Matchup: Leonard vs. Durant, Curry or Thompson.
Seven months ago, before San Antonio's season-opening rout of the Warriors, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was asked whether he still gives Steve Kerr advice.