Warriors head coach Mark Jackson might have struggled to find the proper message for his squad following its come-from-ahead, 118-115 overtime loss to the Lakers on Saturday night if it weren't for Steve Nash.
As Jackson was sitting in the coaches' office at Oracle Arena, he saw a TV interview with Nash, and the two-time MVP praised the Warriors' spirit and how they play for one another.
"I'm not going to lose sight of that," Jackson said. "We're going to be fine. We're going to learn from this. I like where we're headed."
In the wake of self-dismantling in the fourth quarter against the Lakers, the Warriors are going to have to be quick learners. They're about to play the toughest 10-game stretch of their season, and they're coming off their most disappointing 10 minutes of the season.
The Warriors lost when holding a lead at the start of the fourth quarter for the first time in 16 instances this season and led 90-76 with 10:35 remaining. They allowed the Lakers to shoot 58.3 percent in fourth quarter, committed five turnovers in the period and confused taking quick, contested shots for fast-paced, transition basketball throughout the quarter.
"It was a chance to capitalize on an electric atmosphere against a team that was at full strength with established Hall of Fame players who you want to measure yourself against," Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said. "It's one game, but it feels like we had control the whole game and didn't finish it out. It's very disappointing, but we can't get too low and let this affect the rest of the season."
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Steve Nash praises Warriors' teamwork
San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 24