Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports February 24, 2014 11:02 PM USA TODAY Sports Feb 24, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings (7) dribbles the ball as Golden State Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal (7) and shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) defend in the fourth quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Golden State won 104-96. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Golden State Warriors’ Jermaine O’Neal: ‘This could be it’


Despite missing a 104-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors Sunday, Golden State Warriors’ big man Jermaine O’Neal is in the midst of a fantastic stretch, scoring at least 15 points in three of his last four games.

The 18-year veteran is enjoying the run, because he knows it could end any time.

“This could be it,” O’Neal told Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News. “So this is my last chance to try to win a championship. That’s how I view it right now, whether it is or not.

“It affects all the way to how you view your pregame meal to your nap to your bus ride to the arena. Those things are a little more intense than they would normally be.”

O’Neal only has one thing still on his mind – winning a championship.

“Here I’m into my 18th year, and I still haven’t won a championship,” O’Neal said. “I’m always going to believe, no matter if I win a championship or not, that was our time.”

O’Neal is averaging 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season.

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