Golden State is attacking the playoffs with the mentality that Steve Kerr won't be returning.
The Warriors coach wasn't on the bench for Games 3 and 4 of the team's first-round sweep of the Trail Blazers because of debilitating issues related to two back surgeries, and forward Draymond Green said the squad doesn't anticipate he'll be back anytime soon.
"The way we look at it is, plan on him not coming back,” Green said after practice Monday, via NBC Bay Area. "That’s the way we’re approaching this thing."
Kerr, 51, also missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season due complications from a pair of back surgeries in the summer of 2015. Warriors assistant Mike Brown, who coached 83 playoff games while with the Cavaliers and Lakers, has been handling head coaching duties in Kerr's absence.
"We’re not going to sit here and say if we can get to the conference finals, Steve may be back for the conference finals or if we get to the Finals," Green said. "Mike Brown is our coach, we have the rest of our staff and that’s what we’re rolling with."
The Warriors are slated to take on the Jazz in the second round of the playoffs beginning Tuesday in Oakland. Golden State is hoping to get a boost with the return of point guard Shaun Livingston and forward Matt Barnes after announcing their injuries have progressed.