Mark Jackson, Warriors fight on

Jackson said what he did at the podium because none of the people in the hallways ever say it for him. By people in the hallways, that would be owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, general manager Bob Myers and executive board member Jerry West, who can be seen in the crowded corridors between the Warriors' locker room and the court, but aren't heard from whenever there are chances to pause and reflect on the team's accomplishments under Jackson.

The "speed up the process" line was a reference to the accelerated timetable espoused by Lacob. And the effusive praise for the Clippers was a reminder of what the Clippers are up against. For added measure, Jackson reminded the world of his arms deficit before the game when a questioner used Michael Jordan in a comparison to Curry.

"I appreciate the question, but this just in: Steph Curry is not Michael Jordan," Jackson said. "He's not my Michael Jordan, he's not anybody's Michael Jordan. At the end of the day, Michael Jordan is a [6-foot-6] freak athlete, tremendous strength, cat-like quickness, the ability to maneuver, get to his posts and, in spite of great defense, shoot over them."

In other words, stop trying to act like the Warriors have one of the best players in the history of the game on the team.

Jackson's roster is reduced by the absence of the injured Andrew Bogut, and might not have O'Neal for Game 7 (or beyond) after O'Neal's knee injury.

The group that's left, with some funky lineups and some "there's no tomorrow" decisions by Jackson to leave guys in at the risk of fouling out, grinded out the victory.

And no, there isn't a sense in the locker room that Jackson is making this about himself. The players are making it about Jackson.

"It's our season on the line; it's a lot of stuff on the line," Green told CSN Bay Area in an on-court interview right after the game. "We're gonna go battle for each other, we're gonna go battle for Coach."

After Green had showered and changed and let his adrenaline slow down, the message stayed the same.

"We hear the same things as everyone else," Green said. "We love him and we support him."

An emotional O'Neal, contemplating the possible end of his career because of the knee injury, said: "It bothers us. I'm not going to lie. We won 51 games and there's a lot of conversation about a new coach before the season's even over with. It does bother us."

Jackson reciprocated.

"I love them," Jackson said. "I've said from day one, I want to know them as people. I want to know their families. I want to know their interests. I want to help them. No matter which way it goes, mission accomplished."

As well as season extended. And point made.

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