Popovich says Leonard's a go for Game 1

Jonathan Hernandez
May 16, 2017

"He's watching the game, so he sees a lot of different angles", Curry said.

The Warriors will meet the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of the Western Conference finals on Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. He's now 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.

Steve Kerr is back for the Golden State Warriors.

"It's great any time you can hear his voice, see his face", Warriors guard Steph Curry said. "Obviously, coach Brown led most of it, but he was present". After all, it was just about a week ago that he flew to Duke Medical Center for a procedure to fix - and, hopefully, fully resolve - the spinal cord leak that has caused him problems for two years now. He was back Saturday for a game-planning session before practice. But everyone was undoubtedly relieved to see him ambulatory on Saturday during practice - somewhat active, even - walking the court and talking to players. Interim coach Mike Brown told ESPN that Kerr plans to watch the game from the Warriors' locker room. "The more that he can be around, the better feel that all of us have". He missed the shootaround the following morning and that night's game, then also Game 4 and the entire Utah series - and Kerr didn't travel to Salt Lake City while seeking answers on his health. You really enjoy that, because he's our leader. The Warriors came from 22 down in the second quarter to win the finale, 110-98 on March 29 in San Antonio.

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