The Spurs win Saturday night over the Golden State Warriors was no more an indication of what will happen when these teams meet in late May in the Western Conference Finals than was the blowout Warriors win the first time they met. Both teams tipped their hands a little with what they want to do, but both had excuses in their losses. The bottom line is simple: Trying to predict the outcome of a post-season series based solely on regular-season head-to-head matchups is a fool’s errand.
The Warriors know that. And their off-shooting night in Saturday’s loss didn’t freak them out.
Curry wasn’t done. After a 1-of-12 night from three, he was joking and posting this on Twitter.
Their entire team seemed to react with that kind of nonchalance after the loss.
More than that, the goal of 73 wins is still on the table, according to Draymond Green, speaking to Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com.
“I want that pressure. I like the pressure. So I’m not going to shy away from saying we want the record. Absolutely, we want it. And we’re going after it.”
The Warriors need to go 11-2 the rest of the way to set that record; they are currently 62-7.
“Eleven and two?” Green said, standing in a hallway outside the visiting team’s locker room at AT&T Center. “We’ve won 11 games in a row this season. It ain’t nothing we can’t do. It’s possible.”
The record is doable, but it is going to be far from simple. For one, they play the Spurs two more times (although expect both coaches to rest guys and not tip their hands as to playoff strategies in those games). The Warriors face other challenges — the Clippers, the Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back, Portland, and Boston, are on the schedule. And don’t forget, Steve Kerr promised to rest Curry and other key guys down the stretch.
Don’t be shocked if the Warriors go 10-3 the rest of the way and end up tying the Bulls for the best record in NBA history.