Warriors head coach Mark Jackson has been a consistent voice of patience and composure during his team's recent slide, but after Tuesday's 115-101 loss to Utah, he started to change his tune slightly.
"We'll shake some things up, but I'm not going to jump off this ship," Jackson said after the Warriors' season-worst, sixth consecutive loss. "I believe in my guys, but one thing that will take place is that guys are going to play for their minutes. ...
"I love my guys, and I believe in them. But we've got to find five guys on the floor who are going to scratch, claw and compete. History tells me - I've been part of it - that the only way out of a funk like this is to work your way out of it. We're not going to cool our way out of this. We're going to be fine, but we've got to stop the bleeding."
The brash approach to road crowds, the gritty determination on defense and the nasty chasing of rebounds that defined the first portion of the Warriors' season seems to have all but disappeared in the past six games.
They made barely a whisper of an argument against the Jazz, who did not trail, led by at least 10 points in each of the quarters, shot 50 percent from the floor and converted 21 points off of the Warriors' 14 turnovers.
The Warriors (30-23) haven't won in 18 days - since a day before the 49ers lost the Super Bowl - and now are closer to missing the playoffs (5 1/2 games) than first place in the Pacific Division (7 1/2 games). The Jazz (31-24) have won five of their past seven games to nearly tie the Warriors for sixth place in the Western Conference.
"We've got to play better, with energy, effort, commitment and defending - the things that put us in a position to be a very good basketball team," Jackson said. "We're not doing that right now. I'm getting tired of (hearing), 'My bad,' so we've got to find a way to stop it."
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Warriors fall to Jazz, skid hits 6
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 20