Thursday, April 7, 2016

The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' target was only 70 wins, otherwise they might've won more than 72

Something worth noting if the Golden State Warriors eclipse or tie the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' NBA record of 72 wins:

Twenty years ago, all the talk was whether or not the Bulls could get to 70.  At the time, the 1971-72 Lakers owned the best season ever at 69-13.  Winning 71, 72 or 73 games was irrelevant to Chicago.  The Bulls were 66-8 when they dropped their first home contest of the season, 98-97 to the Charlotte Hornets.  At that point, they only needed to finish 4-3 the rest of the way to make history.  Chicago eclipsed the old mark and got to 71-9 before it lost again (also by one point at home), 100-99 to the Indiana Pacers.  I'm guessing there's no way Michael Jordan would've let that one get away if it mattered to him.

Sidebar--I wonder how interested Steve Kerr is in breaking the record he was a part of?

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