OAKLAND Heres what Warriors coach Mark Jacksonsaid on Saturday afternoon, after the team finished up practice. The Warriorsare coming off a 120-109 loss to Oklahoma City at Oracle, which makes them 1-3on their current six-game homestand.
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The Warriors (6-12) play the Sacramento Kings onTuesday.Jackson touched on a variety of subjects, including JeremyTyler and the big-man situation, getting players to have more of a motor andwhether or not he has adoghouse.Heres what Jackson said
On Jeremy Tyler:Hes worked extremely hard and hes put himself in aposition to get minutes, and hes played well during those spurts. Its good tosee his energy, his effort. Hes going to make mistakes but hes a guy who putsthe time in and has improved since Day 1, and we feel comfortable putting himon the floor.I dont care who you are if you play hard and you compete Ican live with mistakes. Everybodys going to make mistakes. Certainly Ive madea bunch as a player and coach. Bottom line, if you give energy and effort, goodthings are going to happen.Certainly, if you look at our second unit, mistakes weremade but they battled and they kept us in the ballgame and I couldnt be morepleased.On Tylers playing time coming at the expense ofAndris Biedrins: Youve got tolook at the situation. Dre (Biedrins) is the best post defender but last nightwe were not playing against a team that has a post scorer. So theres no needhaving him on the floor against Kendrick Perkins.So you look at matchups and you make the right call. Wewanted to get offense on the floor and versatility also, so we went small attimes. So it was nothing against Dre.On whether after watching film he was still as downon his big men:I wouldnt say I was down on the bigs not just the bigs.I was down on our motor, the way we got after it. It was incredible that withfive minutes to go we were down, Ibelieve by three (Warriors were down six with six minutes). We weremaking shots, but they were playing at a different level and when they seemedto have turned it on they gained separation and thats the disappointing part. Theywere in attack mode. They were the aggressor all night long and thats not whowe are.On a talent gap between the teams:Certainly they have a superstar in Kevin Durant and a starin Westbrook and a legitimate, big-time talent in James Harden. But I look atour team and we have our own talent level.We turned over the basketball. We gave the best basketballteam in the league 19 extra possessions. We also allowed them to dominate on theoffensive boards.Serge Ibaka was the best big man on the floor, eightoffensive rebounds, so we did a lot to hurt ourselves. When you think aboutthat, its not about talent. Theyre a veteran team that knows how to play andknows how to finish ballgames and they didnt panic.On whether hed like to see the first team play hashard as the second unit: I want to have 12 guys with a motor. I dont think itsfair (to compare the effort of first team against second) because we mix andmatch. But I want to have at all times a winning motor, intense basketball.Thats where folks dont want to play against you. Thats where people bow out.And thats where weve got to get to.On whether theyve ever had it: I think weve had it. Were a hard-working team, were adefensive-minded team. We compete. But theres a difference between doing itsometimes and doing it all the time. The best teams in the league dont have ashut-off valve. Its got to be a full-time thing for us.On whether or not Udoh is in his doghouse:I dont have a doghouse. The other night he playedincredible and he played. Last night he didnt play as well and he didnt. Imay have a doghouse, but the dogs go in and out at their leisure There is aswinging door.On whether he still believes the Warriors will makethe playoffs: Absolutely. We have everything we need to put together agreat run and a stretch of winning basketball. I still believe that. Noquestion about it."