"We've got to learn to handle success better. That is part of the process," Jackson said. "This is a young basketball team that's experiencing success for the first time."
In some ways, the Warriors may be in a better position now than at this point a year ago.
They are relatively healthy, though Lee, center Andrew Bogut and backup center Jermaine O'Neal all sat out Friday's practice to rest nagging injuries. Lee will miss his second straight game at Phoenix because of a sprained left shoulder and strained left hip. His status remains uncertain for next week's final two games before the break against Philadelphia and Miami.
Bogut, who sat out 50 of 82 games last season recovering from left ankle surgery, missed his first game of the year because of an injury Thursday with what the team called "shoulder stiffness." Jackson said Bogut is questionable and O'Neal (right wrist) is likely to play Saturday.
All of it has the Warriors wanting more success during this season's stretch run than a year ago.
"We want to be better," Curry said. "Last year, we probably would've been like that's as good as it could've been at that point and hopefully it will get better from that point of the season. But I feel like we are underachieving right now, but we can only control what's ahead of us. No point in thinking back to the bad home losses we had and what happened after our streak. We're going to continue to focus on being a consistent basketball team, however possible. That's our challenge for these next three games going into the All-Star break and the second half of the season."
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