Kerr, 51, attended practice Saturday for the first time since taking leave.
Kerr has not coached the Warriors since round one of the National Basketball Association playoffs this season due to recurring back trouble.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown go back a long way. With the Warriors trailing by more than 20 points, ABC aired footage of Kerr giving a halftime speech to his trailing team. "He's obviously been doing his homework in between his down times helping us get prepared for this series and you know he misses being around for the day-to-day routine and the atmosphere, practice, locker room and games and all that". "But just to hear him back in here, knowing what he's going through, means a lot for our team". The Warriors were starting to pick up, to feel good about themselves, to increase the pressure on everybody else, and that's when we struggled because we couldn't have the guy who runs those plays and gets them off their pressure.
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. You really enjoy that, because he's our leader.
"For me it's a little different because I hear his voice a couple times a day", Brown said.
After the game, several Warriors players talked about the difference Kerr made. "But for the most part, we're always thinking about him and praying he gets better".
Spurs are 6-2 ATS this season without Kawhi Leonard in their lineup. "So we are a little out of sorts because we are trying to push and trying to push it and now we are turning it over a little bit".