TORONTO -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson joined point guard Stephen Curry in a postpractice shooting session Sunday. And as they drained jumper after jumper, Jackson brought a smile to Curry's face by describing what was happening.

"It's such a beautiful thing," Jackson said, "two pure shooters just getting up shots together. Beautiful."

The fan base, and maybe even some players, might be getting nervous after Golden State dropped two straight games to beatable teams. But Jackson went the extra mile to show he wasn't too worried. He made Sunday's practice optional. And when most of the players showed up, he kept the mood light.

Better believe it's calculated, the ploy of a coach building a reputation for getting the most out of his roster.

"People don't realize. I've still got to do that," Jackson said. "We're not going to overreact, because we know who we are. Looking at the big picture, we lost two games on the road and we've got two left."

Jackson received high praise last season for getting a roster loaded with rookies, journeymen and NBA Development League call-ups to play hard. But perhaps what he's been able to pull off this season is more impressive.

He's down two key players, he has three rookies in his rotation, his most productive lineup consists of three guards and two forwards, and his best players are B-list stars.

Yet, the Warriors have done so well that consecutive road losses in January -- to Chicago and Milwaukee -- look more like the beginning of the end.

"We have to realize what we have to do to get it back," Jackson said. "We've got a group of guys who understand who we are. ... We have a team that has a history of bouncing back. We'll do that. But at the same time, it's my job as a coach to basically bring it out of guys."

Jackson has said his team isn't as good as many think it is and not as bad people expect it to be. That in-between stage requires plenty manipulation and maneuvering.

He has had to pull out all the stops this year, making the most of what he has. And that is especially true now.

In Jackson's two seasons as coach, this is the first time the Warriors are being the hunted. With nine games left before the All-Star break, six of them on the road, the Warriors are jockeying for seeding instead of trying to convince themselves they're still in it.

But Golden State's rookies -- Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green -- appear to be hitting the wall, or at least struggling now that the league is figuring them out. Second-year guard Klay Thompson is finding consistency elusive. And playing so many minutes at center seems to be catching up with All-Star forward David Lee.

Jackson has a worthy challenge on his hands -- getting his guys to silence the doubters and live up to suddenly raised expectations. He'll assuredly dig up a few Muhammad Ali stories to fire up his guys, a few sermons to give them perspective and some straight talk to keep them humble.

"He's a guy that's always in there talking to us, trying to level with us," Curry said. "Some coaches don't have that type of relationship with their players. But he's always around."

  • Curry has been invited to participate in the 3-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend. Curry, widely considered a snub when he wasn't selected by coaches to be an All-Star reserve, said he is mulling whether he wants to commit to just one event.

    "That's a big commitment," Curry said.

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    MONDAY'S GAME
    Warriors (26-17) at Toronto (16-28), 4 p.m. CSNBA

    STATISTICS
    Player G Min FG FT Reb Ast Pts
    Curry 41 38.1 .434 .900 4.0 6.5 21.0
    Lee 42 37.6 .514 .807 10.8 3.6 19.5
    Thompson 43 35.2 .407 .899 3.9 2.5 16.0
    Jack 43 28.6 .476 .859 3.3 5.7 12.4
    Landry 43 25.7 .529 .822 6.7 0.8 12.0
    Barnes 43 25.0 .428 .722 4.3 1.5 8.8
    Rush 2 12.7 .667 .667 0.5 1.0 7.0
    Bogut 4 18.2 .550 .500 3.8 2.0 6.0
    Jefferson 24 11.6 .407 .737 1.5 0.9 3.6
    Green 43 14.3 .347 .882 3.4 0.7 3.3
    Ezeli 42 16.1 .433 .476 4.1 0.3 2.6
    Jenkins 39 6.1 .465 .636 0.5 0.5 1.9
    Bazemore 28 2.6 .281 .688 0.5 0.3 1.1
    Tyler 18 3.0 .400 .750 0.7 0.1 1.1
    Biedrins 34 9.4 .429 .364 3.1 0.2 0.5
    BLOCKED SHOTS -- Ezeli 42, Biedrins 26, Landry 23, Thompson 22, Green 11, Barnes 9, Lee 8, Curry 8, Bogut 4, Jack 4, Jefferson 4, Tyler 2, Bazemore 2, Jenkins 1. STEALS -- Curry 67, Thompson 39, Lee 36, Jack 34, Barnes 30, Green 29, Ezeli 18, Landry 18, Biedrins 10, Jenkins 8, Jefferson 8, Bazemore 4, Bogut 1, Tyler 1. THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS -- Curry 132-291, Lee 0-3, Thompson 114-300, Jack 42-107, Landry 0-2, Barnes 33-89, Rush 0-2, Jefferson 7-29, Green 8-39, Jenkins 1-2, Bazemore 1-7.
    Through Saturday


    Schedule
    Date Opponent Time
    Tuesday at Cleveland 4p
    Thursday Dallas 7:30p
    Feb. 2 Phoenix 7:30p
    Feb. 5 at Houston 5p
    Feb. 6 at Oklahoma City 5p
    Feb. 8 at Memphis 5p
    Feb. 9 at Dallas 5:30p
    Feb. 12 Houston 7:30p
    Feb. 19 at Utah 6p
    Feb. 20 Phoenix 7:30p
    Feb. 22 San Antonio 7:30p
    Feb. 24 at Minnesota 12:30p
    Feb. 26 at Indiana 4p
    Feb. 27 at New York 4:30p
    Mar. 1 at Boston 4:30p
    Mar. 2 at Philadelphia 4p
    Mar. 4 Toronto 7:30p
    Mar. 6 Sacramento 7:30p
    Mar. 8 Houston 7:30p
    Mar. 9 Milwaukee 7:30p
    Mar. 11 New York 7:30p
    Mar. 13 Detroit 7:30p
    Mar. 15 Chicago 7:30p
    Mar. 17 at Houston 4p
    Mar. 18 at New Orleans 5p
    Mar. 20 at San Antonio 5:30p
    Mar. 23 Washington 7:30p
    Mar. 25 L.A. Lakers 7:30p
    Mar. 27 Sacramento 7:30p
    Mar. 30 Portland 7:30p
    April 3 New Orleans 7:30p
    April 5 at Phoenix 7p
    April 7 Utah 5p
    April 9 Minnesota 7:30p
    April 11 Oklahoma City 7:30p
    April 12 at L.A. Lakers 7:30p
    April 15 San Antonio 7:30p
    April 17 at Portland 7:30p