Game 71 rewind: Warriors look forward to five-day break after falling to Spurs

OAKLAND — The Warriors are looking forward to a five-day break after a week that confirmed much of what we already knew about this team.

The Warriors are better than the worst of the Eastern Conference. They can compete and beat some contending Western Conference teams. Also, the San Antonio Spurs are just a nightmare for Golden State to face.

That was already known, and so now the Warriors will see where they can go from here after getting humbled by San Antonio once again with a lineup missing starters.

“Disappointing loss,” coach Mark Jackson said. “It’ll make us better. Hopefully we see them down the road again, but there’s a reason why they’re the best team in basketball.”

The Warriors hope that getting healthier during the break from games will help them greatly going forward. Andre Iguodala could be back as early as Friday when the Warriors face Memphis. David Lee hamstring and shoulder get some days to get better as does Andrew Bogut’s ankle. Stephen Curry’s quad gets time away.

“We’ve got a lot of guys banged up, and we get an opportunity to take a couple days off to reboot the system and let the body heal for the stretch run,” said Jermaine O’Neal, who himself has been dealing with a hip issue. “Between No. 4 (seed) and No. 9 (seed), it’s going to be whatever team stays focused.”

Diamond Leung