SALT LAKE CITY -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson is a man of conviction. So you know when he's getting fed up, things must be pretty bad.
And after Golden State's sixth straight loss, 115-101 at Utah on Tuesday, it sounded as if his patience was dental floss thin. He even talked about "shaking things up."
"We've got to play better," Jackson said. "Energy. Effort. Commitment. Defending. The things that put us in position to be a very good basketball team, we're not doing that right now. And I'm getting tired of 'my bad.' So we've got to find a way to stop it."
Golden State (30-23) has lost five straight on the road and six straight to winning teams. The Warriors dropped to seven games over .500 for the first time since they were 15-8 and are in a virtual tie with the Jazz for the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.
The Warriors host Phoenix, owners of the worst record in the West, on Wednesday. That game has suddenly morphed from a should-win to a must-win.
"I'm not going to jump off this ship," Jackson said. "I believe in my guys. But one thing that will take place is guys are going to play for their minutes. We've lost six in a row. We haven't played good basketball. And I've been extremely patient. ... We've got to find five guys on the floor that's going to scratch, claw, compete. Because history tells me -- I've been part of it -- the only way out of a funk like this is working your way out of it."
As has been the case during the season-worst losing streak, it isn't just that the Warriors lost but how. Tuesday was yet another depressing defensive performance.
Utah, which entered the game ranked 11th in scoring, wound up 17 points above its average and shot 50 percent from the field. The Jazz owned the Warriors inside, led by center Al Jefferson's 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting along with a combined 28 points from forwards Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors.
Being dominated inside prompted Jackson to stick with the zone. Utah made Golden State pay by knocking down 10 of 21 from 3-point range. The Warriors have given up 70 3-pointers during the losing streak.
"That's what's most frustrating -- I don't think you can point to one thing," forward David Lee said after totaling 18 points and nine rebounds. "It's a little bit of everything, and it's a little bit of everybody. It seems each time down court, it's just a minor mistake by one guy and another mistake by a different guy ... then there are other times where guys just hit tough shots. So you add that all together and you give up another 115 points and lose another game."
Golden State is allowing 117.5 points during this six-game skid. Before the losing streak, it was yielding 99.4 points per game.
And despite another offensive outburst from point guard Stephen Curry (29 points on 12-of-22 shooting), the Warriors couldn't manage enough offense to compensate.
The Warriors never led, and every time they got close to challenge for the lead, they'd turn it over or go on a scoring drought.
After a Curry 3-pointer, the Warriors trailed 93-87 with just under nine minutes left in the game. After a Harrison Barnes steal, Curry had another look seconds later, but his transition 3-pointer rimmed out.
That was the last real threat the Warriors made. Over the next five minutes, the Warriors managed just five points on 1-of-8 shooting with two turnovers. Utah built its lead back up to 13.
Golden State managed just 22 points on 6-of-20 shooting in the fourth quarter.
"It's just frustrating," Curry said after compiling five rebounds, four assists and four turnovers. "But somehow, we've got to find a way to get out of it. We can't talk our way out of it. We've said all the right things about how we could get out of it, but it's just going to take some effort to do it."
And he should be available to play a nice chunk of minutes, too, as he logged just 15 in Tuesday's loss.
Jackson said Bogut wasn't moving well, so he held him out. Bogut played 4 minutes, 20 seconds in the second half.
"I'm not going to try to kill him out there," Jackson said. "I understand what he's coming off of. Just wanted to be smart about it. That's all that was. That's truly not going to be the norm."
Bogut wouldn't say his surgically repaired left ankle was limiting him. But he did criticize his performance. He went scoreless on four shots, grabbed five rebounds and didn't register a block. And he had a tough time defending Jefferson.
"I had a bad night personally," Bogut said.
Phoenix (18-36) at Warriors (30-23), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA
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