OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson sees San Antonio as a model organization.

The Spurs, who visit Oracle Arena on Saturday, own the NBA's best record. Jackson pointed to San Antonio as an intelligent team that does not panic and simply executes.

"So I don't think anybody looks at them and says you want the Spurs," Jackson said Friday of facing San Antonio. "The one thing we know is we've had success. We play them well. They're a great basketball team, but they're in the Western Conference, so they're a team that -- one way or another -- if you plan on getting somewhere, you have to be able to deal with them. But it's not an easy task for anybody."

The Warriors might run into San Antonio in the postseason and get a chance to avenge last season's Western Conference semifinals loss in a series that went six games. They just hope that such a clash would come late in the playoffs as they currently hold the No. 6 seed with 12 games left in the regular season.

The Warriors have won three straight, and guard Klay Thompson has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games. Thompson recalled the lesson learned from last year's series against San Antonio.

"We've got the ability to beat the elite teams and compete for a championship," Thompson. "We just have to be more consistent."

For the Warriors this season, that has meant an emphasis on taking care of business at home against lesser teams. Against San Antonio, the Warriors' demand for focus becomes even greater.

The last time the two teams met, in December, a Spurs team resting Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker surprised the Warriors and won 104-102 at Oracle Arena. San Antonio also beat the Warriors by two at home in November.

"You know what you're going to get when you play them, so you really do have to play 48 minutes. Every possession counts when you play the Spurs," Thompson said.

"It's more mental when you've got to play 48 minutes. You can have lapses when playing against not very good teams. When you play the elite, you can't have those. When you play someone like the Spurs, you've just got to play every possession."

The Spurs will visit the Warriors while playing on consecutive nights. They won at Sacramento on Friday night, beating the Kings 99-79 for their 12th straight win.

Meanwhile, Golden State is expected to get a little healthier. Jackson said reserve center Jermaine O'Neal would likely play against San Antonio after having been rested since the first half of Sunday's win at Portland when he got banged up.

Andre Iguodala remains out with right knee tendinitis. Harrison Barnes will continue to start in Iguodala's place despite a .206 shooting percentage over Barnes' past five games.

"I see a guy that's trying to find a rhythm," Jackson said of Barnes.

San Antonio has won 50 of its last 58 games against the Warriors, and the Spurs feature probable Hall of Fame players in their lineup and a coach in Gregg Popovich who Jackson said is one of the greatest coaches in sports history. Still, the Warriors downplay the idea there is a mental hurdle to overcome.

"We had been in positions before to win games," Jackson said of previous losses to San Antonio. "They just made the right plays and did it the Spurs way where they got a stop or scored a basket or got a key rebound, but we have never been in a position in the last few years where we had to prove to ourselves we can beat somebody on their court or on our court.

"We know we're good enough to beat anybody. We also know that we're in a position where anybody can beat us if we don't play our best basketball."

There's also another factor when it comes to facing San Antonio, according to Jackson.

"You can play your best basketball and still lose to the Spurs," he said.

  • Center Ognjen Kuzmic was assigned to Santa Cruz.

    Saturday's game
    San Antonio (52-16) at Warriors (44-26), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA, NBA