Since pretty much the second the Warriors signed Kevin Durant to form a superteam, they have tried to tamp-down regular season expectations. The general manager has done it. Draymond Green has done it. To a man, the Warriors have said they expect bumps at the start of the season as they figure things out, and that they have no intention of chasing 73 wins again.
But with all that talent, if they wanted it…
The Nets’ Jeremy Lin thinks they will do it.
It’s debatable whether the quest to set the NBA’s regular season win record was part of the reason the Warriors were down 3-1 to the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, then blew a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers in the Finals. There were a lot of factors involved in both (including that the Thunder and Cavaliers were very good teams). What matters is the Warriors believe it played a role.
They are not going after the record; they are going after the ring. Lin isn’t wrong, they could do it, the issue is they don’t want to.