Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson yells out instructions as his team plays the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half in Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(USA Today) – Before the Golden State Warriors fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and before they made the bold decision Tuesday to fire Mark Jackson, their then-coach had a habit of always saying the pressure was on the other team.

It was, as Clippers coach Doc Rivers joked at the time, his little way of keeping his team from getting tight while convincing the opponent — whether it made sense or not — that they should be filled with angst. Those were the little things that went a long ways when it came to Jackson’s style, the nuances of the job that so often led to his team rallying in ways they may not have otherwise.

But now that the Warriors’ brass has all but ignored the pleas of its players, not to mention the concerns of a fanbase that was just getting used to these playoff appearances, this might be a good time to try the trick that their departed leader was so fond of. The pressure is on them now.


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