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Kerr-less Warriors sweep Blazers in Round 1; Ready to destroy Jazz or Clippers in West Semis

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The Golden State Warriors easily advance to the Western Conference Semifinals after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round. Unfortunately, coach Steve Kerr, who missed the last two games, could be out for the remainder of the postseason due to complications from back surgery.

The Warriors proved to be too much to handle for the West No. 8 seed Trail Blazers. They never give them the opportunity to bounce back despite not having all their players healthy. In Game 4, Kevin Durant rejoined the Warriors and posted 10 points in 20 minutes on the court.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals. They took advantage early in the game and dropped 45 points in the first quarter to set a franchise record. After dominating the first round, the Warriors will have plenty of rest before the start of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Coach Steve Kerr will miss the remainder of the playoffs

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was sidelined in Game 3 and 4 of the Western Conference playoffs matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s currently suffering from complications of a failed back surgery in 2015. Kerr admitted that the symptoms became more intense and could keep him out for the remainder of the NBA Playoffs 2017.

“This is not going to be a case where I’m coaching one night and not coaching the next,” Kerr said. “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.”

With Kerr sidelined, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown currently serves as the acting head coach. With the plethora of talents they have, the Warriors look confident that they can still dominate the Western Conference. Kerr plans to consult his doctors and said that he will coach the Warriors again once his condition improves.

Golden State Warriors facing Utah Jazz or LA Clippers in West Semis

After sweeping the Trail Blazers, the Warriors will be facing either the Utah Jazz or the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Semifinals. They will not play until May 1 or May 2, depending on the outcome of the Jazz-Clippers first-round matchup. This will give them plenty of time to rest their injured players and wait for the return of coach Steve Kerr.

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