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Mark Jackson NOT Happy After Warriors Loss at Phoenix

It’s obvious — five games into the season, after two disappointing losses — that Mark Jackson is getting frustrated with his team. All his bold predictions and soaring rhetoric have clashed with usual Warriors basketball.

Golden State should have beaten Phoenix on Monday, if they are the team they claim to be, just like they should have beaten Philadelphia at home on Saturday. But, down the stretch, they did not play the defense they talk about. They could not score like they claim. They did not make the little plays they are now supposed to make.

Maybe Jackson sees the rough seas ahead – @ Spurs, @ Lakers, vs. Jazz, vs. Heat, vs. Magic then a four-game roadie – and knew the importance of winning Monday. Now 2-3, if the Warriors have to win 5 of the next 9 games just to come home .500.

JACKSON: “I understand it’s a process, but it’s a 66-game season and we need to speed up the process. I will find guys that are playing well, competing and executing the game plan. And if that means playing five guys 48 minutes, I will. They will tell me how many guys should play by their performance. Just a disappointing loss.”

More from Monday’s 102-91 loss to the host Suns …

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David Lee was back in the hotel room by the end of the game. He didn’t join the Warriors on their trip to the Fiesta Bowl, instead stayed in the hotel and rested.

Golden State will practice at US Airways Center on Tuesday. Lee will see how he feels before determining if he will practice. But it doesn’t sound like his illness is serious enough to keep him out of Wednesday’s game at San Antonio.

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There was no sugar-coating Stephen Curry’s hacking on Monday.

Not from JACKSON: “Gambling. He’s got to be smarter. You’re a key player and you pick up an early foul or two fouls and you have to make the adjustment. You can’t pick up another one, and he’s done that and it’s hurt us.”

Not from CURRY: “I’ve just got to get smarter. Regardless of whether David Lee is here or not, I just need to stay on the floor and not get dumb fouls like I did (Monday).”

Because of foul trouble, Curry played just 23 minutes, totaling 10 points and two assists. What’s more, Monta had to play more than 42 minutes as Mark Jackson clearly didn’t trust anyone else to dominate the ball.

After the game, he admitted he was a bit fatigued. But he said he wasn’t sure if it was because he is a little under the weather or because he sat for long stretches thanks to fouls.

Curry was also dealing with a sprained left thumb on Monday. It was visibly swollen, though he chose not to play with it taped. It was heavily taped during pre-game warm-ups. He said he sprained it Saturday against Philadelphia.

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Dominic McGuire was pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good in his first start as a Warrior. He finished with 14 points, two off his career high, on 6 of 9 shooting. He also had nine rebounds, two assists and a steal in just over 26 minutes. He was a -7, though.

Don’t be surprised though. Monday was McGuire’s 69th career start.

McGUIRE: “I just want to take advantage. Go out there and bring some energy, rebound the ball. Not one man is going to replace David. I’m going to be aggressive, take what the defense gives me, but I don’t think I’m going to go out and get 19.”

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Oddly enough, Mark Jackson went with rookie Charles Jenkins as the back-up point guard Monday. Nothing against Jenkins, who knocked down all three of his outside shots and finished with six points in 14 minutes. But this seemed like the perfect game for Ish Smith.

Steve Nash was weaving through the Warriors defense. Curry had a hard time staying in front of him, especially once he got in foul trouble. It seems the speedy Smith would have fared pretty well chasing Nash around. He certainly seems to be pretty good at pushing tempo. The Warriors totaled 6 fast-break points.

However, Ish totaled 32 seconds of action.

Didn’t get a chance to ask Jackson why the sudden change, since Ish had gotten most of the time at point guard when Curry was out of the game.  But it will be interesting to see how Jackson uses his two point guards. It is highly unlikely Monday will be Curry’s last game in foul trouble.

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You know who looked REALLY good Monday? Markieff Morris.

He had 16 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes Monday. He entered the Warriors’ game  averaging 7.8 points on 61 percent shooting with 4.5 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Markieff is the lesser known of the Morris twins from Kansas. But he’s the one the Warriors’ liked more. More of a dirty work kind of guy. Little bit more physicality, and diversity of skills, than Marcus Morris. Still, he wasn’t good enough for the Warriors to draft No. 11 overall. Markieff went to Phoenix at No. 14 (Marcus went 15 to Houston).

You know who did not look REALLY good Monday? Klay Thompson.

His first five minutes were painful. He sat for a long time after looking fairly clumsy.  Thompson looked much better in the fourth quarter, though. Knocked down a couple 3-pointers as the Warriors tried to mount a comeback. He had a little swag back after that.

Until …

He took a heat check shot. After making two straight threes, he rushed a third.  Thompson finished with 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 turnovers in 14 minutes.

Certainly,  these two are players we need to keep an eye on. Way too early to say Warriors missed on Markieff. But not too early to wonder.

Marcus Thompson