PORTLAND, Ore. â Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said he would not be on the sidelines for Game 4 of his teamâs playoff series on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Kerr stayed behind at the team hotel for Saturday nightâs Game 3 at Portlandâs Moda Center. Mike Brown, an assistant coach, took Kerrâs place, and the Warriors overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to win, 119-113, and go up 3-0 in the first-round series.
Golden State can sweep with a victory on Monday night.
Kerr, the reigning N.B.A. coach of the year, still experiences lingering symptoms from two back operations he had after the franchiseâs run to the 2015 championship. He missed the first 43 games last season dealing with symptoms such as headaches, nausea and an aching neck.
Kerr, who clearly was not feeling well on Friday before the team departed for Portland, had not missed a game this season before Saturday, when he also missed the teamâs shootaround.
âThis is something Iâve been dealing with, but doing O.K.,â Kerr said Sunday. âUps and downs but consistently coaching. This past week for whatever reason, things got worse. My symptoms got worse.â
He said that his status for the rest of the playoffs remained uncertain. He was in ongoing discussions with his doctors.
âThis is not going to be a case where Iâm coaching one night and not coaching the next,â Kerr said. âIâm not going to do that to our team or our staff. Weâre hoping that over the next week or two, whatever it is, I can sort of make a definitive realization or deduction, or just feel it that Iâm going to do this or Iâm not.â
Stephen Curry, who scored 34 points in the Game 3 win, passed the game ball to Golden State General Manager Bob Myers to give to Kerr on Saturday night.
âHeâs obviously going through a lot physically and thatâs first and foremost for him to take care of himself, make sure heâs on the road to recovery and feeling like himself,â Curry said. âWeâve got his back, weâve had certain situations all year, previous years, where players are down and youâve got the ânext man upâ philosophy, same with Coach Kerr.â
A first-year assistant for Golden State, Brown has plenty of experience as the former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the first of two stints with Cleveland, Brown led the Cavs to their first N.B.A. finals appearance in 2007. He was named the leagueâs coach of the year in 2009 when Cleveland finished with 66 wins.
Despite Kerrâs prolonged absence, the Warriors went 73-9 last season, a…