Here's Steve Kerr's halftime speech that helped inspire the Warriors comeback

Rick Bowmer  AP

Ailing Kerr attended the Warriors' practice Saturday morning, May 13, 2017, returning to the floor for the first time in more than three weeks.

And at halftime, with video cameras rolling, it was Kerr and not assistant coach Mike Brown who addressed the team.

Kerr, 51, has not been on the bench since Game 2 of a first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 19 because of recurring issues resulting from back surgery two years ago.

He attended a meeting at team headquarters Friday, one week after his latest procedure at Duke University to fix leaking spinal fluid.

Indeed, after Kawhi Leonard left the game with an ankle injury, the Warriors came back on a huge run and eventually won the game, 113-111.

The Warriors (8-0) open the Western Conference Finals at home Sunday afternoon against San Antonio.

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Steve Kerr is back for the Golden State Warriors.

Brown will continue as acting coach but said Kerr has joined the coaching staff for early meetings the past few days.

"It's great any time you can hear his voice, see his face", guard Stephen Curry said.

Kerr has not coached the Warriors since round one of the National Basketball Association playoffs this season due to recurring back trouble. His ability to be here means a lot. "Hopefully he's feeling better".

Kerr has missed the majority of the playoffs and no timetable has been set on his return. "We want him around and it's good for him to be around", Brown told The Mercury News.

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