LOS ANGELES -- The Warriors' exit in the first round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs could be the first of more than one exit for Warriors' personnel. Andrew Bogut, Steve Blake, Jordan Crawford and Jermaine O'Neal will all be free agents. O'Neal, who played three minutes due to a bruised right knee, is contemplating retirement.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson brushed off questions of whether this could be his final game.
"I take every day like it could be my last day. Doing anything," Jackson said. "There's so much pressure every day being father, a husband, a pastor, a coach, a friend, a son and an uncle. I treat it like it's my last." ...
Saturday's game marked the first time Jackson had coached a Game 7. As a player, Jackson's teams went 1-3 in Game 7s. Jackson suggested that his players stick to the game plan.
"When we do the things that we talked about doing all along, we win ball games," Jackson said. "When we defend at a high level, take care of the basketball, when we execute ... and we gang rebound, we wind up on the good side."
After winning Game 6 on Thursday in Oakland, Jackson said the pressure was on the Clippers to win the series, rather than the Warriors. His message to his team was to not think about being eliminated.
"People get into trouble when they think its Game 7 and then they get out of character," Jackson said. "The message is, 'Do you'" ...
The Warriors responded early to their coach's advice to be themselves, taking a 6-0 lead on three-pointers by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
The Warriors extended the lead to 10 points after the first quarter on 72 percent shooting (13-for-18) from the field and held an eight-point lead at the half. Green scored 13 of his postseason career-high 24 points in the first half on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting effort. The second-year player made his first six field goals, one shy of tying the franchise playoff record for most field goals without a miss.
The mark of seven is held by Bob Warlick and Chris Gatling.