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Mark Jackson's Smartest Moves of the Season
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The Golden State Warriors were expected to have a .500 season in 2012-13.

While an incredibly tough schedule throughout January and February has knocked the Warriors down closer to that .500 mark than they'd like, they're still quite a bit above it.

With a softer, home-heavy schedule to close the season, Golden State looks more like a .600 team than a .500 one.

Of course, that difference is smaller than it may look. Going 46-36 instead of 41-41 greatly increases a team's playoff odds, especially in the Western Conference. However, that's only a five game difference out of 82.

Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson is the single person most responsible for that slight-yet-massive difference.

Here are the best examples of why.

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