The Case for ... Mark Jackson

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The Case for ... Mark Jackson
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The Warriors were never supposed to be here. Even making the postseason once seemed a long shot in a Western Conference teeming with qualified contenders, to say nothing of the challenges of upsetting the third-seeded Nuggets in the first round or keeping competitive with the Spurs a round later. Yet Golden State's season has been one of progressive improbability, with each task more daunting—and each accomplishment more amazing—than the last. After squaring the series with San Antonio at 2--all with a 97--87 win on Sunday, the Warriors still aren't likely to be NBA champions, but a path so rich in wonder is well worth watching, and certainly worth celebrating.

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