Steve Kerr is expected to miss the remainder of the Warriors’ first-round playoff series against the Trail Blazers because of an unexplained illness, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Kerr stayed at the team hotel as his squad beat Portland 119-113 Saturday night in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead. The illness had Kerr in “excruciating pain” and barely able to walk, sources told the publication.
“Oh no,” a source said about Kerr’s potential return to this series. “He thinks like a player does, wanting to get back. But he’s got to get right.”
As of this Sunday morning writing, a cause for Kerr’s ailment has not been identified, and it is unknown if it is related to his previous health issues. He missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season due to complications from back surgery.
Kerr’s condition on Saturday was “scary because it wasn’t a feeling he’s had before,” the Mercury News writes.
While the Mercury News reports Kerr has not been feeling well all series, sources told ESPN.com that he felt well enough Saturday morning to address his players. But he missed the shootaround and had to have his fluids replenished. Assistant Mike Brown coached the team Saturday night and is scheduled to take Kerr’s place during media interviews Sunday.
Kevin Durant has missed the last two games of the team’s first-round series, but the Mercury News suggests Kerr’s absence is a bigger threat to Golden State’s championship aspirations.
“His absence would be a big deal in the later rounds,” writes columnist Marcus Thompson III. “Even though the Warriors have veterans with championship experience, removing his presence at this juncture is a significant change.”
Game 4 of the Blazers series is Monday night.