OAKLAND -- The Warriors have gotten off to slow starts the first two games of their playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers because they are playing soft and tentative basketball, coach Mark Jackson said Tuesday.

"We've got to come out playing with force, being aggressive and we didn't do that in two games now," Jackson said. "We've been the counter-puncher, but we've got to find a way to be the puncher."

The Warriors overcame an early 12-1 hole to earn a Game 1 victory, but another quick double-digit deficit in Game 2 spelled their doom. They trailed by 11 points after just more than five minutes of action and were run out of the building.

The players struggled to explain the early game tentativeness.

"Sometimes the playoffs do that," veteran center Jermaine O'Neal suggested. "You want to play well and do well and sometimes playing well and doing well consists of making mistakes. We started the games out turning the ball over at a high rate. We were able to respond in the first game, but they didn't let us respond last night."

How can the Warriors suddenly be more aggressive when Game 3 tips off Thursday in Oakland?

"I don't know, we've just got to do it," guard Stephen Curry said. "We can't turn the ball over. We've got to try to get some clean looks early in the game to get guys' confidence going. Just execute our offense regardless of how intense they are on the defensive end."


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"We've got to come out with the mindset of destroying them," reserve forward Draymond Green said. "If we come out with that mindset, we'll be fine."

  • O'Neal said his verbal confrontation with Clippers coach Doc Rivers, which led to technical fouls being called on both, was just a momentary flash between men who know each other well. (O'Neal played for Rivers with the Boston Celtics in 2010-11.)

    "We told each other we love each other," O'Neal said of the words exchanged. "He's competitive, obviously, he was a player. He understands my mentality by me playing for him. If we saw each other right now, I think we'd go out and have lunch together and talk about it. It was nothing personal, just heat of the moment. He's trying to get his team going and I'm trying to help my team win. So it's something for you guys to talk about, but it's nothing more than that between me and him. We ended up talking about it three minutes later and laughed about it."

  • Despite getting bumped and knocked to the floor on numerous occasions, including a hard clothesline foul by former Warrior Matt Barnes in the second half, Curry said he's feeling fine physically.

    "I'm going to keep attacking and keep being aggressive," he said. "It's a physical game, and I may not look it, but I'm pretty tough. I'll be all right.

  • Jackson said the status of center Andrew Bogut, out with a fractured rib, hasn't changed and he's remains "out indefinitely."

    Staff Writer Carl Steward contributed to this report.

    BOUNCE BACK OR ROLL OVER?

    A look at how the Warriors responded to early deficits in their Game 1 win and Game 2 loss:

    Game Opening Clippers run 1Q Half 3Q Final
    1 12-1 over first 4:04 L.A., 29-24 Tie, 52-52 GS, 87-79 GS, 109-105
    2 15-4 over first 5:10 L.A., 31-20 L.A., 67-41 L.A., 105-73 L.A., 138-98