LOS ANGELES -- Some thoughts on this Game 2 morning, with the Warriors gunning for a 2-0 series lead ...

  • The Warriors players continue to rally around Mark Jackson and it's genuine because that locker room loves him. It's a big part of this playoff charge -- that motivation and that story line and Jackson clearly doesn't mind it.

    Some more to the story line: If the Warriors had a theoretical coaching candidate shortlist, I believe TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg would be at the top of it.

    The news today that the Knicks just fired Mike Woodson (with Kerr as the almost certain No. 1 candidate) and that Rick Adelman retired from the Timberwolves (with Hoiberg as a likely top option) certainly complicates things for any hypothetical Warriors wish list.

    But those openings and wish lists were anticipated by everybody in the league, the Warriors front office included.

    This is a many faceted decision: First, is Jackson their guy into the future?

    It has been emphasized to me that no decision on this has been made, up or down, and it all has to start with that decision.

    Also, I think it's obvious that there's no definitive stay/go playoff threshold for Jackson's tenure. It's not: Win the first round or more and you're the guy, lose and you're out. That is not the call here.

    It'll just be a judgment at the end of the run, whenever it comes, and then there's Jackson's contract situation (he has one year left, and he'll almost surely want an extension to bump up his pay and to avoid being a lame duck next season).

    Those are decisions to be made BEFORE the Warriors start wading deep into any potential alternate candidate list.

    But you could probably assume that a first-round victory can only help his standing and a jump into the Western Conference finals would make him very valuable to this franchise.

    Co-owner Joe Lacob can make funny faces on the sidelines during games ("I'm expressive!" he told me with some exasperation at halftime of Game 1 when I told him a viral photo of him glaring in the first half had hit the Internet), but he loves winning.

    And this will be his decision.

  • Monday's officiating crew: Tony Brothers, David Guthrie, Rodney Mott.

    Yes, Brothers was on the crew for Game 5 at Denver last season, when Stephen Curry got hammered a few times, even tripped, the Warriors lost, and Jackson went apoplectic in his postgame media session.

    Jackson accused the Nuggets of sending hit men after Curry and said he had "inside information" from a Denver employee about that tactic.

    The result: The NBA fined Jackson $25,000 for trying to influence the refereeing in the series.

    Brothers also officiated the Warriors' Game 1 overtime loss in San Antonio.

  • What was the Warriors' tweak to their pick-and-roll offense to more smoothly handle the Clippers' aggressive double-teams of Curry?

    Apparently Hilton Armstrong helped suggest it and Sunday Curry said it was along the lines of getting the Warriors' big men to align correctly so that the Clippers' backside three defenders have to spread out to try to cover them.

    That makes the whip passes from big to big much more effective.

    Obviously the Clippers will make adjustments for tonight's game, and then we'll see what the adjustments to the adjustments will be.

  • I say it all the time, and it's very relevant now: Teams that win the first two games of an NBA seven-game series go on to win the series more than 90 percent of the time.

    I predicted that the Warriors would win Game 1.

    I'm predicting that the Clippers will come back ferociously, get much better play out of Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes and Danny Granger ... and win Game 2 Monday -- maybe by double-digits -- to even the series.

    Read Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami. Contact him at tkawakami@mercurynews.com.