Jackson: 'It's a big win for my guys'
Beginning with this two-game set against the Jazz, the Warriors are on a stretch in which nine of the next 13 games will be on the road. (USATSI)
OAKLAND -- Coming off the most impressive of their six wins in nine games this season, the Warriors on Friday held a light practice and barely patted themselves on the back before pointing out the need to refocus for Game 10 and beyond.
Such is life in the NBA, where anything that happens in November can offer no more than a glimpse of the possibilities.
That 116-115 win over contending Oklahoma City on Thursday night, sending Oracle Arena into a state of euphoria, may be good for the psyche of a Warriors team on the rise but it won't be of any help as the club goes forward.
[RECAP: Warriors 116, Thunder 115]
"We understood the challenge that was in front of us," coach Mark Jackson said. "We played against an outstanding team with two guys that are special. And they are well coached. You win that game, you move on."
No Warriors player better understands the whims of the league than veteran wing Andre Iguodala, who nailed the buzzer-beater that yielded the victory over the Thunder, who seconds earlier took a one-point lead on Russell Westbrook's 29-foot jumper.
And Iguodala insists it's time to move on, to Utah, which visits Oracle on Saturday.
"The next couple games, the records will say we're supposed win," he said. "So we have to go out there and handle our business. The scheduling seems to be in our favor the next week or two. In a week or two, we'll see how we fared and (whether we) are really one of the top teams."
The home schedule surely has been favorable to the Warriors, as all four opponents to enter Oracle this season had played a game the previous night. That also applies to the Jazz, who on Friday play host to San Antonio in San Lake City.
Beginning with this two-game set against the Jazz -- the rematch is Monday night in Utah -- the Warriors are on a stretch in which nine of the next 13 games will be on the road.
That's the test to which Iguodala referred, and in its wake it'll be much easier to put into perspective the win over the Thunder, as well as gauge the overall development of the Warriors.
THE GOOD: The ball movement among the Warriors continues to be an asset. The team has created a culture of unselfishness that makes it easier for Jackson to call on any given player at any given time.
THE BAD: The rebounding was atrocious against Oklahoma City, the Warriors winding up with a 48-31 disadvantage. Usually reliable power forward David Lee didn't grab one until the third quarter, finishing with four. Center Andrew Bogut, who had none in the first quarter, came to grab seven over the final three.
THE FUTURE: Here come the Jazz, who lost their first eight games of the season before defeating New Orleans on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The Warriors haven't won a season series against Utah since 2010-11.