Pippen : We could sweep Golden State Warriors in a series

Pippen : We could sweep Golden State Warriors in a series

Bulls in four games.

This was the prediction of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and a member of the ’95–96 Chicago Bulls team, whose record the Golden State Warriors are trying to break. At 68-8, the current defending champions are closing in on that record.

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However, Pippen confidently revealed in an interview published in ESPN.com that Steph Curry and the Warriors will be no match for them in a seven-game series and even predicted that they will sweep GSW. Scottie even said that he could limit Curry to less than 20 points and Michael Jordan would be guarding Klay Thompson. Pippen also said that they would not be taking a night off and would sweep the Warriors.

“I think that my size and length would bother Curry a bit,” Pippen said.

Pippen was part of the 1995-96 team that won six championships including three straight from 1996-98. They went 72-10 during the 1995-96 season on their way to beating the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA Finals. Golden State needs to go 5-1 in their last six games to finish the season 73-9 and beat the record.

Current Golden State coach Steve Kerr was a reserve guard for that team. When asked about that question, Kerr said it did not bother him. He said that it would be hard to compare them because they played in different eras.

“If you actually put the two teams in a hypothetical game, my guess is the Bulls would be called for a million hand-check fouls, and we would be called for a million illegal defenses when we overloaded the strong side,” Kerr said “So the game would take, like, six hours because the refs would be calling stuff all game. It’s kind of a hard to get past that and they wouldn’t call traveling in either era.”

Statistically, there isn’t much comparison between them.

The Bulls had a 48.7 percent field goal success rate while the Warriors average 48.6 percent. Golden State has a better three-point percentage at 41.6 percent. Defensively, however, the Bulls was #1 in the 1995-96 season while the Warriors are ranked #5.

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