Many Warriors fans already have given up on this season and started looking toward building for the future. Warriors general manager Larry Riley has not reached that stage. But he's getting closer.

"That'll be a decision we will make pretty soon here, probably in the next week or so," Riley said in a phone interview Sunday. "But we have a little more time to look at things."

Riley said the next week, starting with Monday's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers, is crucial. Golden State, which has lost three straight, needs to start showing some results.

The fact that the Warriors have been knocking at the door in several of these games warrants some leeway. Golden State is six games under .500 and ranks 12th in the Western Conference. But in nine of the Warriors' 17 losses, they were tied, led by a point or trailed by a point with 90 seconds left.

That seems a pretty thin line between rebuilding and contending. But even though the Warriors have been "right there," and are still just 41/2 games behind the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference, Riley said wins need to come now. The pressure is on.

"We understand if we could just win close ballgames, our record would be decent," Riley said. "I don't think it's panic mode when the game tightens. It just seems like a lot of bad things happen. But whatever the reason, obviously our record is down."

Not that long ago, it seemed the Warriors were on the road to turning things around. After a big win at Denver followed by home wins over Houston and Phoenix, Golden State boasted its first three-game win streak. And the Warriors had a Portland team coming to Oracle Arena concluding a back-to-back set without its best player.

The Warriors lost by two. Then, after being routed at Oklahoma City, the Warriors lost in the final seconds Saturday night at Memphis after controlling the game in the second half.

Now the Warriors have two games before the All-Star break. After the break, they embark on a five-game stint on the road, where they are 3-8.

Coach Mark Jackson said he expected the Warriors to learn how to close games sooner than this.

"Absolutely," Jackson said after Saturday's loss.

Riley said management expected an adjustment period. The Warriors handed an inexperienced team with a bunch of a new parts to a rookie head coach. Arguably, the Warriors' struggles winning close games could be expected.

If the Warriors don't turn things around quickly, Golden State will be forced to turn its attention away from the playoffs and to developing the young talent. That probably means more time for rookie swingman Klay Thompson and even more minutes for second-year big man Ekpe Udoh. Maybe even rookie big man Jeremy Tyler gets into the rotation.

It could also mean Riley will turn his attention to the trade deadline and potentially revamping the roster. Riley said he's not quite ready to start looking toward the future.

"But the clock is ticking," Riley said. "No question."

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