The Warriors No. 1 priority is to win another NBA title, to go back-to-back.
But make no mistake, the Warriors also want 73 wins and to claim the title of best regular season of all time, besting Michael Jordan’s Bulls.
The challenge is what happens when those two priorities clash.
Golden State needs to go 10-2 the rest of the season to get to 73 wins, and they are four games ahead of second place San Antonio for the top seed and home court throughout the playoffs. Pretty soon the Warriors will have the Spurs far enough in the rearview mirror that Steve Kerr can start resting players looking ahead to the postseason — and he has said he will. But how much will he rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest and risk the pursuit of 73.
Curry says so far there has been no talk of rest. From Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
It’s going to be interesting watching Steve Kerr walk this line the final weeks of the season. After the Clippers Wednesday, the Warriors next two games are the struggling Mavericks and the lowly Sixers, is that a time to give a guy or two the night off? At what point is it time? More interestingly, does Kerr go Gregg Popovich and rest all his stars at once, or does he platoon the rest to continue to chase 73?
There are still a lot of questions to be answered in the Bay Area before the season ends.