For most of the teams playing in the 2013 NBA playoffs, getting eliminated
comes with a gash of disappointment
. For the Golden State Warriors, there was just too much to celebrate this season. They walked off the court with pride after Thursday's 94-82 Game 6 loss
to the San Antonio Spurs. Between a 6th seed Western Conference finish, the emergence of Stephen Curry
as the best shooter (officially) in the game and advancing past the first round in the playoffs, the Warriors had no reason to get down on themselves after the game Thursday. In just a couple years, head coach Mark Jackson has guided the Warriors in very respectable direction.
According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News
, Jackson had the following to say in regards to the season:
“Sometimes one of the best statements you can make is fight,” coach Mark Jackson said. “At the end of the day, our tank will be empty and our light will be bright.
“I truly believe that’s exactly what took place. Guys battled, guys gave me everything they had. We fought and I could not be prouder of any group.”
If you're going to lose to someone in the NBA other than the Heat, it's the Spurs. Well coached, experienced, and oh so fundamentally sound.
Fitting that the Warriors got to end the season in front of their fans. They won 28 games in front of them during the regular season, a first round series and on Thursday they got to say goodbye in person. Curry addressed the fans
on behalf of his teammates before walking off the court.
"We just want to thank you guys for your continued support all season," said the new 3-point champ. "You guys made Oracle Arena a great place to play. The energy, the passion you have for us ... it's unmatched across the league, so we want to just thank you guys. Obviously, it didn't end the way we wanted it to, but all the hard work and the foundation we built this year, we're going to keep growing and get back to this level next year."