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Warriors this season have been a tale of two teams (w/video)

  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Golden State Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal (7) celebrate after Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) hit a shot to tie the game at the end of the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Sunday, April 13, 2014. The Blazers won the game 119-117. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

"I think it takes care of itself because every team is a good team. So we don't have to worry about losing to a bad team come playoff time," Jackson said.

That's a joke, kids.

"In all seriousness," Jackson continued. "I think everybody will understand the moment, everybody will understand we're facing legitimate competition and (that) the lights will be brightest."

Lighting has not been the Warriors' problem this season. Consistency has. The fans at Oracle no longer are surprised to see their team beat the playoff-bound Memphis Grizzlies on a Friday, then lose to the struggling New York Knicks two days later, as happened in late March.

Whether that sets the Warriors apart is another matter.

"Can you tell me one other team in the league that doesn't lose to some teams that aren't very good?" asked Rick Adelman, who just retired as coach of the middling Minnesota Timberwolves. "That's so overboard. I mean, you're gonna lose games. We beat Miami at Miami. I don't think they figured that. And we beat Indiana. We beat San Antonio. It's not something that's unusual. A lot of times it's the schedule, it's injuries, it's the other team's playing well, whatever it is."

Looking ahead to the playoffs, Adelman took it a step further.

"It wouldn't surprise me if anybody got beat in the first round," he said. "Would not surprise me."

Tom Tolbert, who played seven NBA seasons (including three with the Warriors) and is now an icon of Bay Area radio, agrees with Adelman. "All you have to do is look back as far as (Wednesday) night," Tolbert said. "The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Pistons by one, at home. They were trailing the entire, entire game. And that's a team that they should have mopped. And they wanted to win that game because they wanted the No. 2 seed. It's not as easy as it looks."

OK, let's go to the numbers. Golden State lost six games to sub-.500 teams this season, and two to truly awful teams — that is, those with 48 losses or more. Meanwhile, they won eight games against 50-win teams.


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