Steve Kerr Halftime Speech Inspires Warriors’ Game 1 Comeback Win Over Spurs (Video)
The Golden State Warriors were awful in the first half of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. They trailed by 25 points midway through the second quarter, and they were down 20 points at halftime.
The second half was a different story. The Warriors erased the Spurs’ lead with a blistering 18-0 run in the third quarter, then held on for a 113-111 win.
A lot of people think the Warriors’ comeback was sparked by Zaza Pachulia and the injury to Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard. However, some are pointing to a motivational halftime speech by ailing Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
Kerr has not manned the Warriors bench since Game 2 of their first round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s currently recovering from the latest procedure to alleviate debilitating back pain stemming from the botched back surgeries that caused him to miss the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season.
On Saturday Kerr attended Warriors practice for the first time since April. While assistant coach Mack Brown was on the bench for Game 1 on Sunday, Kerr watched the game from the Dubs locker room. And he had some advice for them when the came training by 20 at halftime.
Take a look:
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Steph Curry finished the game with 40 points, 19 of which came in the third quarter. Afterward he said Kerr’s speech meant a lot.
“Anytime we hear his voice, feel his presence, it means a lot,” Curry told ESPN’s Steve Levy. “He’s a part of our group obviously. He’s the leader of this thing. When we see him it gives us a little bit of juice. It was nice to hear his voice.”
Maybe the Warriors can set up an iPad on the bench when the series moves to San Antonio so Steve Kerr can watch and provide feedback via FaceTime.
Hat Tip – [theScore]