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If not for Bogut badly fracturing his right rib in the final week of the regular season or O’Neal spraining his right knee in Game 6 against the Clippers, the Warriors might’ve found a way past the frontcourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

But as long as Jackson has been the coach, the Warriors have been a “no-excuse basketball team,” as he has often said. And he knows management will evaluate him the same way after falling short of the expectations he helped create.

“I work every single day with a passion and a commitment like it’s my last,” Jackson said. “I’m trying to be a blessing to people. I’m trying to impact people, and that’s the way I live my life. That’s the way I coach. I don’t get caught up in it. I’m totally confident and have total faith that no matter what, I’m going to be fine, and that’s even if I’m a full-time pastor. It’s going to work out.”


AP Sports Writer Greg Beacham in Los Angeles contributed to this report.