After the Warriors suffered a stunning 112-95 drubbing at the hands of the lowly Lakers Sunday, here’s what Golden State (55-6) must do to top the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls (72-10) for the best regular season record in NBA history: 18-3 over their final 21 games. Fifteen of the games are home – where the Warriors are 26-0 this season and have won 44 straight games overall (tying an NBA record).
How feasible is going 18-3? Keeping in mind the Warriors have yet to lose a game against a Top 4 seed in the East or West this season – but oddly, four of their six losses have come against sub-.500 teams – here’s the schedule:
vs Portland (rematch from Feb. 19 beatdown on the road)
vs Phoenix (back-to-back)
vs New Orleans
at San Antonio (back-to-back, nationally-televised)
vs LA Clippers
at Utah (back-to-back)
vs Boston (nationally-televised)
vs San Antonio
at San Antonio (back-to-back)
What jumps out: Three games against the Spurs. But given Gregg Popovich’s history, it’s safe to assume the Spurs won’t have all their stars play in those games.
Still, two back-to-backs for the Warriors come against the Spurs, and San Antonio is just 2.5 games behind the Warriors in the West, so home court advantage could be on the line in the final 10 days of the season.
How’s this: If the Warriors are rolling into the final week, and it looks like they’ll hit 73, what if Steve Kerr decided to rest his stars vs the Spurs?