The Golden State Warriors are currently up 2-0 in their Western Conference Semifinals series against the Utah Jazz and look set to comfortably advance to their third Conference Finals in as many years.
Interim head coach Mike Brown has been coaching the team well while head coach Steve Kerr has been absent, and according to some reports, that is set to continue.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau, Kerr will not join the Warriors in Utah for Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference Semifinals, and Brown will continue to serve as head coach in his absence.
ESPN has said: "Kerr is seeing a specialist at Duke University Medical Center on Friday and receiving treatment aimed at alleviating symptoms that have forced him to take a temporary leave of absence from the team."
The 51-year-old has not been on the Golden State sideline since Game 3 of the first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers due to back pain stemming from his 2015 back surgery.
Kerr has already previously admitted that these back problems could keep him out for the entire postseason.
He said, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN: "This is not going to be a case where I'm coaching one night and not coaching the next. I'm not going to do that to our team, to our staff. We're hoping that over the next week or two, or whatever it is, I can start to make a definitive realization, a reduction, or just feel it that I'm going to do this or not."
Kerr's absence hasn't affected the Warriors' performances, as under Brown's coaching, the team has managed to stay undefeated so far in the playoffs, defeating the Trail Blazers 4-0 in the first round, and currently being up 2-0 in their Western Conference Semifinals series against the Jazz.
While this hasn't been a huge blow for the Warriors, as they look well on their way to their third NBA Finals in as many seasons, the team will still want him back on the sidelines as soon as possible as he's such a big part of this team.