Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors are aiming to beat Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ hallowed—and previously thought to be unbreakable—record of 72-10 in the regular season, the best mark in league history.
To rewrite NBA history and to smash the previous record set by arguably the greatest player that ever lived and the greatest team the league has seen in its existence, the Warriors, who are currently holding a 66-7 win-loss card, need to go 7-2 in their final nine games of the regular season and finish 73-9 in the 2015-2016 NBA regular season.
To compare, Jordan and the Bulls were at 65-8 at the same point in their regular season exactly two decades ago—which means the Warriors are not only on pace to match the 72-10 record but they are also one game better than the Bulls in their great regular season run.
The Warriors are in good position to shatter the record but what kind of schedule do they have left in the tail end of this regular season? Will head coach Steve Kerr prefer to rest some of their stars namely Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green, and be contented with locking down the homecourt advantage for the entire playoffs?
Here’s the Warriors’ schedule and the breakdown of the final nine games of the regular season:
March 29 – vs. Washington Wizards
March 30 – at Utah Jazz
April 1 – vs. Boston Celtics
April 3 – vs. Portland Trail Blazers
April 5 – vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
April 7 – vs. San Antonio Spurs
April 9 – at Memphis Grizzlies
April 10 – at San Antonio Spurs
April 13 – vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Nine games left and the Warriors will be playing at home six times and on the road three times; this is crucial as the Warriors are still undefeated (35-0) at home so far this year.
Golden State will be matched up against two teams that are currently outside the playoff picture and battling for a postseason spot (Jazz and Wizards), one team out of playoff contention (Timberwolves), a team chasing them in the standings (Spurs, twice) and three teams still in danger of losing a playoff spot (Celtics, Trail Blazers and Grizzlies, twice).
Warriors’ rivals San Antonio Spurs are four and a half games behind already and if Kerr decides rest is more important than breaking the record, it would be an understandable move since the priority is being fresh for the playoffs and be healthy for their second title run.
However, the Warriors have a rare shot at history and with the range-less Stephen Curry at the helm, this Golden State team will, no doubt, take that shot.
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