Clippers 120, Warriors 114

Thoughts from last night’s loss . . .

** There’s an upside to a legacy of poor play — even if the Warriors were to open 0-6, it would only be their worst start since 2004-05, when they also lost their first half-dozen to begin the season.

** It’s too bad Stephen Jackson is one of only two veterans locked up for next season, because he’s proving his worth through his absence.

** One look at the boxscore tells you how seriously the Warriors were taking Friday night’s game: A rotation nine deep, with 35 minutes or more for Davis, Monta Ellis, Kelenna Azubuike and Andris Biedrins.

** Get ready for the zone. Nellie said he would have to use more zone than he’d like because the small lineup can’t guard anybody. If a team such as the Clippers, who shoot 3-pointers about as often as Nellie passes on a cigar, can take advantage (you could almost see the thought bubble above Tim Thomas’ head: “Wide-open treys? That’ll work!”), imagine what a real 3-point shooting team will do with it.

** It all comes back to power forward. When the Warriors go big there, they still can’t rebound enough to make it worth their while, and when they go small there, they can’t get stops. Brandan Wright, no pressure, but if you could develop into the next Chris Bosh by, say, Jan. 1, that’d be verrrrrry helpful for this team.

— Geoff Lepper

Marcus Thompson