Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to see specialist at Duke on Friday

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will continue to not be on the sideline with the team in the second round against the Utah Jazz this weekend. However, he is currently working hard to get back to the bench sooner rather than later.

On Friday, Kerr is scheduled to a specialist at Duke, according to ESPN.

At Duke, Kerr will receive treatment that will hopefully alleviate the pain in his back that has forced him to take a leave of absence from the Warriors. ESPN reports, though, that it remains “very unlikely” that Kerr returns for the second round series against the Jazz.

Prior to visiting Duke, he was consulting specialists at Stanford Medical Center this past week in the hopes of trying to discover why he is experiencing chronic pain. SF Gate reported on Thursday evening that the Warriors remain optimistic that Kerr will return during this postseason, but it now sounds as if Golden State will have to advance in order for that to happen.

Last season, Kerr missed 43 games because of health related issues. Despite the absence, though, he still won the NBA Coach of the Year Award as the Warriors set a new league record with 73 victories. Like last season, Golden State has continued to win without their head coach. The Warriors own a 2–0 lead over the Jazz in the best-of-seven series. Golden State won Game 1, 106–94, and then Game 2, 115–104.

Games 3 and 4 will be in Salt Lake City on Saturday and Monday, respectively. Golden State hasn’t lost a postseason game yet as they swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round with Kerr on the bench.

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