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Game 72 rewind: Warriors have Mark Jackson’s back, fight back in comeback win against Memphis

OAKLAND — Draymond Green went right ahead and repeated one of Mark Jackson’s most clichéd ways of describing what he wants the Warriors to be.

“We’re a no-excuse basketball team,” Green said.

That Warriors lived up to that Friday as with David Lee injured and with Andrew Bogut going down in the first quarter, they still earned a win against Western Conference contender Memphis, which held a seven-point lead late in the fourth.

And don’t think Green, who was all over the floor for the Warriors, didn’t understand that the win happened during a week when Jackson was questioned for what Yahoo Sports called the team’s “increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere.”

“Coach is a guy we fight for and we’re going to continue to fight for,” Green said. “He’s given his all to us, and we’re going to continue to give our all to him. This is a team and this is a unit who’s locked in together.

“Coach don’t ask much of us. He asks us to go out and play hard. He don’t complain about shots. The only thing he ever complains about is the defensive end. Get it done on the defensive end and play hard, and we owe that to him to go out and play harder.”

Stephen Curry, who earlier in the week expressed his strong support for Jackson, was the confident figurehead to lead the comeback in part because his coach demanded he get the ball.

“We always have his back,” Curry said.

“That’s what you saw — our support for Coach.”

Diamond Leung

  • craig.w

    “He don’t complain about shots.” In other words, Jackson doesn’t tell anybody when they should shoot and when they shouldn’t. If somebody is taking bad, low percentage shots, he doesn’t take him aside and suggest that he cool it, It’s the coach’s job to maximize the chances of each possession, and if somebody is taking bad shots, he shouldn’t rely on the player’s own judgment – which can be clouded by his need to prove himself more than his desire to make the team better. Coach needs to suggest when a shot is smart and when it’s dumb.

  • Stan

    When Bogut inbounded in the 1st quarter…to a paying no attention Klay?…as the ball sailed out of bounds I pondered how to either appreciate how far this team has come with errors like that…or be angry that not a single one of the best NBA teams has done that.
    Still pondering.