Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he is a "no limit coach." He doesn't put expectations or limitations on his team. Instead, he takes the season game by game, having faith and eagerly anticipating the results.
Well, Friday's results weren't what he anticipated -- a 103-87 route at the hands of the host Bulls.
"We just got outworked," Jackson said. "We did not have the right mindset from the start. That was not Warriors basketball."
The Warriors didn't start the second half of the season the way they ended the first. Wednesday, they punctuated a surprisingly successful first 41 games with a home win over Oklahoma City, owner of the league's best record.
It was fitting in that it was collective performance, that they grinded from behind and that good defense down the stretch made it happen. Such had highlighted the Warriors' season to the midpoint.
But Friday, none of that was apparent. Golden State was dominated inside. The Warriors were outrebounded 56-37 and gave up 30 second-chance points. And that was with Bulls All-Star small forward Luol Deng out with an ailing right hamstring.
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Oakland Tribune | Jan 26