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It is accomplished!
The Golden State Warriors have made history once again! They finish the regular season 73-9, beating the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for best regular season record of all time.
What a joy it has been to see the Warriors pursue this goal. I remember early on this season when this was first brought up. I didn’t think it was possible. But by the All-Star break, I realized that at this pace if the team stayed relatively healthy, they could do it. The Warriors have played so well against the league’s best teams and when they needed the big play, they got it from different players.
Throughout this entire journey watching the Warriors play ball this season, I still remain in awe of this team. I still am wrapping my head around the fact that the Warriors won the championship last year. All those years being a fan of a team that couldn’t do anything right is still lingering on. I keep thinking that my team was incapable of winning.
But they won last year. They won it all. Now this year, not only are they even playing better, but they are setting records. The big record is within their reach. But tying the 1995-96 Bulls with 72 wins is a season is still mind-blowing. That Bulls team was so good. They had Michael, Scottie, Dennis and coach Phil. That team was amazing and untouchable.
I look at this Warriors team and I can see that in 10 years time, we could be comparing some of the players to the legends of the game. Right now, Stephen Curry already has established himself as a once-in-a-lifetime talent. This team, winning 72 games puts them in the discussion of greatest teams of all time.
All they have to do is win on Wednesday at home against Memphis. Then, they have to win the NBA Finals once again.
You remember this story? Kings star DeMarcus Cousins asked the team to remove the Year of the Monkey giveaway shirts on the first day of Black History Month. I get it and it’s just an unfortunate coincidence. But the shirt isn’t racist. But the timing of it just made Cousins think it wasn’t right to distribute the shirts.
So there is no monkey imagery for the Kings this month. Fine. The rest of the league can still move on with it, right?
Take a look at the jersey the Warriors were set to wear for Chinese New Year. Notice the monkey patch on the sleeve?
Last night many media outlets picked up on a quote by Mark Jackson during his broadcast covering the Warriors. For the most part, the quote was a little shocking, claiming that Stephen Curry is “hurting the game” of basketball.
He claims in his tweet that the media is getting the quotes wrong. (And if you listen to him during the broadcast, he really sounded like a salty man who is still bitter over the Warriors letting him go.)
But all I have read on his quote covered the entire statement he made. The media did no misquote him. He just doesn’t realize that he is wrong.
“What good is winning all of these games in a row when you don’t win the last game?”
– Stephen Curry
Watching this Golden State Warriors win streak was so amazing. At their best, the Warriors were unstoppable. They were kings of basketball, jumping to huge leads and having the game decided after three quarters.
For the tough games during the streak, they showed heart and determination. Big deficits or off nights, the Warriors played smart and kept the game close enough to win at the end.
Stephen Curry elevated his game to another level we’ve never seen before. Draymond Green became such an integral part of the streak. Luke Walton masterfully orchestrated everything to near perfection in Steve Kerr’s absence.
The Warriors played basketball at a level we have no seen in this generation.
Here is a Vine from Stephen Curry’s performance during the Warriors’ win last night, putting their record to 20-0.
Look at all the elements on display.
- Andrew Bogut doesn’t even box out but instead jogs back on to defense immediately after the pass, knowing that Curry will make the shot.
- Look at the dejection in Kemba Walker’s slumped shoulders when he sees Curry wide open.
- Stephen Curry has so much time, that he checks his footing to make sure he’s shooting a three-pointer.
- Hornets coach Steve Clifford is just disgusted with what just transpired.
- All five Hornets are in the paint hoping for a rebound. Frank Kaminsky is looking for someone to box out but his man is already going back on defense.
- Klay Thompson watches and nods, knowing the Warriors just made the Hornets pay with the extra possession.
The Warriors are dominating. They are demoralizing the opposition. They are 20-0. That’s their season in a six-second video.