Thursday, March 31, 2016

Do the Spurs care enough about the 41-0 home record to make things difficult for the Warriors?

The 68-7 (.907) Golden State Warriors are more than likely about to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' (72-10, .878) record for the best NBA regular season ever.  Amazingly, the 63-12 (.840) San Antonio Spurs are also on pace to have the fifth-best record of all time.  Think about that for a second--two of the top five seasons in the history of the league are happening at the same time.

Golden State and San Antonio will meet twice in the final five games of the year.  Obviously the two contests will be the first and second times ever that teams with such high winning percentages have squared off this late in a season.  However, we may well be robbed of a pair historically great matchups if the Spurs decide to rest guys, something Greg Popovich is notoriously famous for (the Warriors could possibly sit some players as well, but they're clearly gunning hard for 73 wins):

But, there is a caveat to this--both teams are currently unbeaten at home, something that's never been done before (the 1985-86 Celtics went 40-1 at the Boston Garden, 50-1 including the playoffs).  If Popovich and the Spurs care about this record, they could try their best to win at Golden State on April 7 to ruin the Warriors' perfect home season, and then again in San Antonio three days later to keep their own streak intact.

If that is the case, it might not be quite as much of a cake walk as it currently appears for the Warriors to go 5-2 and get to 73 wins.

-The Spurs might go undefeated at home and not win the championship
-Klay Thompson will hit more 3-pointers this season than anyone besides his teammate Steph Curry ever has
-No one has ever been better at basketball than Steph Curry is right now

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