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Mark Jackson frustrated with Warriors’ effort

Dec 16, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

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Golden State had some dramatic and exciting comebacks at home recently, but those have masked some bigger issues.

‘The Warriors are 4-6 in their last 10, basically playing teams even, not hitting threes at the pace they used to but mostly not playing defense as well as they did at the start of the season (they are giving up almost 9 more points per 100 possessions the last 10 games compared to their first 10 this season).

Coach Mark Jackson thinks it’s about effort and said so following Sunday’s loss to a hard-working Suns team, as reported by

“We are not playing 48 minutes with a sense of urgency,” Jackson said. “That’s the disappointing part. Right now, I would say it’s not a slow start. We’re not playing with a sense of urgency.

“We came in talking about being the hardest-working team because (Phoenix) plays extremely hard and they’re talented. And we did not do that. I’m disappointed and we’ve got to find answers, individually and collectively.

“I’m finding that the guys in suits and ties want it more than the guys in the uniforms.”

First, this team misses Andre Iguodala a lot. They miss the versatile game he brought — he could give them perimeter defense, threes, shot creation, whatever they needed. His return in the next couple weeks could change things.

Jackson also needs to look in the mirror here, however.

The guys in the suits are not sticking with the players that give them the effort they want — Draymond Green, Toney Douglas and Kent Bazemore played well off the bench Sunday, they played good defense. But rather than stick with what works Jackson sticks with his rotation, putting David Lee back in to watch Channing Frye shoot threes while not closing out. Well, the rotation except for Andrew Bogut, a good defensive big who was benched most of the second half of the fourth quarter.

Golden State is going to turn this around, they are a good team. But it’s all about the defensive end of the court — the players need to play more focused on that end, Jackson needs to trust the guys that are.

  1. antistratfordian - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    The makeup of their team just makes me uncomfortable – lots of long jumpers and turnovers. Thompson and Curry take the most shots and neither can get to the rim. Even if they were on a roll I’d still expect them to flame out in the playoffs.

    I’d feel a little better about them if Lee was their 2nd leading scorer averaging 20+ a game.

  2. shanelsweet - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Hey, Kurt, what did you mean to say here: “Well, the rotation except for Andrew Bogut, a good defensive big who was benched most of the second half of the fourth quarter.” Thanks

    Jackson said, ““I’m finding that the guys in suits and ties want it more than the guys in the uniforms.” Welcome to the real world, Mark, where management always wants it more than the folks doing the work. That’s why good managers keep working to keep their folks motivated, and they keep private their complaining about the employees not caring enough.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Normally Bogut plays the end of games, he didn’t this one and they missed his shot blocking.

      • shanelsweet - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM


  3. emosnar - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    The heart and soul of their effort is no longer there and that is Jarrett Jack. The rest of the players play lazy until the 3rd or 4th quarter or when coach gives a inspiring or smooth, slick sounding speech that makes the young bucks perk up and say . . “He’s cool, give me the basketball”.

    Missing Iguana doesn’t help but you need at least one energy, do the dirty work type of guy with these red bones. A Reggie Evans, Psyco T, Gerald Wallace, Shane Battier, or Jarrett Jack type. Everyone needs a Rodman on their team if they want to be true title contenders.

    They wont make it out the first round this year. They sip tea at halftime. No edge.

  4. jerdogthompson - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Watch out warriors, you can easily get buried in the landslide that is the Western conference.

  5. dinofrank60 - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    You, half your coaching staff, the Logo and the Destroyer, know that the more talented a team is, the harder it is for that team to play consistently. This team is more talented than previous Oakland Warriors teams. The trick is that you have to get players who play to their max almost every night without having them sacrifice a big part of their game. Every player, then, becomes a role player. Now, role player does not mean scrub, it means that you have a specific role for this game, week, month, season. On the best teams in NBA history, from HOFers to bench players, they are role players.

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