Not sure what was harder for Steve Kerr.
His fight with COVID-19 or watching the Warriors play on TV with his wife, Margot.
“She sat there for about two minutes and then announced that she would go downstairs to see the Kardashians instead,” a laughing Kerr said on Sunday’s Zoom availability. “It was a good event. Like all good marriages, you know when to be together and give each other some space. However, everything is fine now.”
Kerr has rejoined the team after missing three games as third-seeded Golden State advanced to the Western Conference Finals with Friday’s game 6 victory over second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies.
“It really wasn’t bad,” Kerr said of the symptoms as he tested positive for COVID-19 two hours before Game 4 in San Francisco.
“Just felt like I had a cough and a little congestion. The most important thing for me was that I did not want to risk getting sick. I knew I had to test when I noticed some symptoms. We had a few internal issues organizationally. So when I first tested and it came back positive, I just had to get away from the team and protect everyone else, but it really wasn’t that bad. ”
Warriors assistant head coach Mike Brown, who was recently hired by the Sacramento Kings as their new head coach, served as interim head coach in Kerr’s place for Match 4, Match 5 and Match 6.
“Mike was great, the whole staff was great,” Kerr said. “For Mike in particular, what a difficult place to be put in, especially considering he had just been hired by Sacramento.”
The Warriors won Game 4 in a comeback fashion, 101-98, losing by a whopping 39 in Memphis and pulling Game 6 home to close out this conference semifinal series.
“Excellent adaptation, from a mindset and approach perspective, knowing how dominant they were in Game 5, we said it would show a lot about who we are. And we answered the call,” said Warriors All-Star Guard Stephen Curry after the match. 6.
Now the Warriors are waiting for the winner of the Phoenix-Dallas Game 7 on Sunday with Game 1 in the conference finals set for Wednesday.
Golden State will either open the best-of-7 series in Phoenix against the top-seeded Suns or at home against the fourth-seeded Mavericks.
“Two amazing teams,” Kerr said. “Phoenix has had a fantastic regular season and reached the final last year. So they have definitely been the class in the West, but with Luka (Doncic) we see one of the big players in the league come into this own and show up. As a fan, it’s incredible basketball to watch. ”
Golden State won 2-2 against Phoenix in the regular season and 1-3 against Dallas, but did not have a consistent list pretty much the entire season.
Draymond Green missed nearly three months with injuries, Klay Thompson returned in January after missing two full seasons with injuries, and Stephen Curry sat out the last 12 games of the regular season with a foot injury.
“Everyone has had their share of injuries,” Kerr said. “Everyone has had their share of COVID absences. No matter which team we end up playing in, we’ll see all the regular season matches, but I think what’s happening is that you get a sense of what matches that are more relevant to the upcoming series than the others based on availability, based on how the games went, that sort of thing. ”
Kerr said they have one group of coaches scouting the Mavs and another group scouting the Suns and that both groups will be ready to present a scouting report to the team on Monday.
Kerr added that their advance scout, Scott Vaughan, has seen the previous six playoff games between Phoenix and Dallas.
Vaughan is back with the Warriors.
“He’s got a good look at both clubs,” Kerr said. “We are not going to waste energy by putting effort into the preparations now before match 7. So we will wait to focus on which team wins tonight and go from there, but we will have a game plan prepared for our players (Monday) ) and a big part of our practice will be to implement that game plan. “
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