The Golden State Warriors will be without their head coach on Monday as they try to take a 3-1 series lead against the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Semifinals. Less than two hours before tipoff, the Warriors announced that Kerr had tested positive for COVID, and would not play.
Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr has entered Health & Safety protocols. Mike Brown will serve as Acting Head Coach for the Warriors.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 10, 2022
Kerr has been wearing a mask on the sidelines for the last few games, which has been a change. Perhaps it’s due to the rising rates of COVID in the last few weeks, or perhaps it’s due to some people around the team testing positive, and Kerr trying to take precautions.
Who knows how long Kerr will be out, as he’ll need to test negative a few times before he’s permitted to be around the team again. But if you’re looking for good news, the Warriors have plenty of experience playing postseason games with Brown as their head coach ... and they’re undefeated.
Warriors are 11-0 in playoff games with Mike Brown as the acting head coach. Will they move to 12-0 tonight?— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) May 10, 2022
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said that he texted Kerr when he heard the news, and wished him a speedy recovery. That said, Memphis probably won’t be feeling too sympathetic, as they’re dealing with a much bigger absence, with superstar point guard Ja Morant officially out for Game 4.
Here’s hoping Kerr is recovered, testing negative, and back on the Warriors sideline soon.