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OAKLAND -- A little more than one week after Warriors forward Andre Iguodala described the Warriors as "trying to save our coach's job," teammate Klay Thompson chimed in with a similar sentiment.
Aware of the constant discussion about the future of coach Mark Jackson, Thompson insisted the topic has been a motivating force as the Warriors, one loss from elimination, face the Clippers in Game 6 on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.
"We rally around it," Thompson said prior to the team's morning shootaround. "We try not to pay attention to it just because our objective right now is to win. And you don't want to put any pressure on yourself."
The speculation about Jackson's job is based less on basketball results than the uncommon amount of drama surrounding the coaching staff, most of it resulting from the loss of two assistants in the final month of the regular season.
The general belief is that Jackson's job is on the line, and perhaps this series will be pivotal in the decision by CEO Joe Lacob.
"I hope that's not the situation because I love playing for coach Jackson," Thompson said. "He's a great mentor. He's not only a good coach, but he's a great friend.
"So we're playing to win. We're playing to win for him, playing to win for the fans and for us."
Thompson's comments came a couple hours after former Warriors guard Jarrett Jack, who has attended at least two games during the Warriors-Clippers series, said the speculation is "very, very discouraging" and "very confusing," in a radio interview with 95.7 The Game.
"He's definitely the best coach I've ever played for," Jack said.