Mark Jackson Calls Out the Warriors for Not Playing Hard

by December 16, 2013

After getting beaten by the Phoenix Suns 106-102 on Sunday, Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson ripped into his squad, and openly questioned their desire and effort. Per CSN Bay Area: “We are not playing 48 minutes with a sense of urgency,’ Jackson said. ‘That’s the disappointing part. Right now, I would say it’s not a slow start. We’re not playing with a sense of urgency. We came in talking about being the hardest-working team because (Phoenix) plays extremely hard and they’re talented. And we did not do that. I’m disappointed and we’ve got to find answers, individually and collectively. I’m finding that the guys in suits and ties want it more than the guys in the uniforms.’ […] ‘I absolutely agree,’ forward David Lee said. ‘We haven’t played a 48-minute game in a long time,’ forward Draymond Green said. ‘They’re putting together good game plans and we’re just not executing them right now,’ point guard Stephen Curry said. ‘It’s just coming down to doing what we discuss, what we write on that board before every game,’ center Andrew Bogut said. ‘We just haven’t been doing it for the last . . . in my opinion, it’s probably been 10 games. We just haven’t had consistent effort. In this league, you can’t play 24-minute games and win. You can get away with 30. In my opinion you need about 35 minutes of solid basketball.’ The Warriors locker-room was white-hot with frustration and discontent, as it should be after their third loss in four games and ninth in the last 14. It’s the natural response when, considering this was yet another game in which the Warriors committed at least 20 turnovers – and seventh time in eight games they allowed at least 55 points in a half. ‘We’ve been watching the same movie every night,’ Jackson said, ‘and it’s getting old.'”