For the Golden State Warriors, breaking the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record is both complicated and simple; and the feat so near yet so far.
With 6 games left in this regular season, there is very little margin of error for the Warriors squad aiming to break Michael Jordan the Bulls regular season record set in the 1995-1996 season.
The Warriors currently holds a 68-8 win-loss card and the task is simple, go 5-1 and they’ll reach 73 and go past Jordan and the Bulls; go 4-2 and they’ll still be remembered as one of the best teams assembled ever by matching the 72-10 mark.
Anything less, and the Warriors will be burned by the media, fans and critics and dubbed as the team who had the shot at history but choked in the latter part of the regular season.
So where do the Warriors stand at this point of their golden (or just silver?) regular season run?
Here’s the Warriors’ schedule the rest of the way:
April 3 (Sunday) vs. Portland Trail Blazers
April 5 (Thursday) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
April 7 (Saturday) vs. San Antonio Spurs
April 9 (Saturday) at Memphis Grizzlies
April 10 (Sunday) at San Antonio Spurs
April 13 (Wednesday) vs. Memphis Grizzlies
In the six games remaining; five will be against playoff-bound teams and one against a lottery bound team. Four will be at the Oracle Arena and two on the road.
The Warriors have not lost back-to-back games this season and suffered their first and only home loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday. That’s bad news for the Trail Blazers, who will visit Golden State in the Warriors’ next game.
Thursday’s date with the T’Wolves should be an easy W and then the real test begins against an unpredictable Spurs squad that may or may not rest their starters. Gregg Popovich has locked down the No. 2 spot in the West and may or may not prefer playing just mind games at this point of the season.
The depleted Grizzlies have a couple of shots of bringing down the Warriors in the final week of the regular season but what appears to be the ultimate test would be the back-to-back games on a Saturday and Sunday against Memphis and San Antonio, respectively, with both games on the road for the Warriors.
Can Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors beat the Bulls? Will they have enough gas in the tank and make the final push?