Pressure on Golden State to avoid defeat at home in Game 6.
Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson was disappointed with his team’s performance in their 109-91 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs, but believes they can bounce back.
The loss leaves them on the brink of elimination as they must win in Game 6 at the Oracle Arena on Thursday night, and Jackson is confident they can do so.
Having lit up the NBA Playoffs with their thrilling shooting displays from an array of young talented players, the Warriors have played a huge part in what has arguably been one of the best series of the post season thus far.
However, during the loss on Tuesday night their back-court suffered as both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who had been key to their achievements, went cold and as a result the team suffered.
Jackson was displeased with the defensive effort, and understands that must be corrected ahead of Thursday. Despite the disappointment of falling behind in the series, he believes that his group of players have the character to respond.
“There’s a lot of life left in my team, and we talked about it being a long series so this is where it gets fun,” he told reporters after the game.
An area which will require closer attention is point guard Tony Parker, who has been an integral part of the Spurs’ success. The Frenchman scored 25 points and had 10 assists on Thursday, and given his ability to open up the floor and drive to the basket before getting team-mates involved, Jackson will have to formulate a plan to deal with him better.
This has been an unpredictable and fascinating series to date, expect the drama to continue into Game 6 as the Warriors hope to extend their post season.