When this season started, the Warriors had a chip on their shoulder. Why? They just brought a championship to Oakland for the first time in 40 years and did it in remarkable fashion, what could they possibly have left to prove? Ask basketball analysts. Ask critics. Ask everyone that tried to put an asterisk beside their amazing season by saying every team they faced in the playoffs was hindered with key injuries, providing Golden State an “easier” route to the finals. Welp. Pull that excuse out the air, NBA comment sections and old ESPN/TNT broadcasts – ball it up and throw it out the window. Not only did they pick up where they left off but they have punished the best teams in the NBA night after night.
April 10, 2016 was no different looking at its result but the level of competition was above and beyond anything basketball fans have seen in a very long time. As the Spurs carried a home game winning streak of 48 (39 this season – only rivaled by Golden State at 54), a possible preview of the Western Conference Finals and a matchup of the two best teams in the NBA…the word “hype” did tonight no justice.
The first half favored the Spurs ending with a halftime score of 35-35, considering the Warriors average 116.7 points per game in wins this season. But, in the words of Draymond Green “a pick by Brandon Rush, clean one, but it definitely woke us up.” That it did. Golden State hit that Championship mode switch and never looked back as became apparent in the 4th quarter that this team IS as good as advertised. This time though, there is no debate and no argument. After hitting 72 wins tying arguably the best team ever in NBA History – the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, it’s time to show some respect. What is even more incredible is the fact that Steve Kerr who led the Warriors to 72 wins, not only played for that same Chicago Bulls team but overcame serious health issues in order to return to the sidelines this year.
While a few critics still exist saying the Warriors have to win the NBA Finals to cap this magical season – please let us know when the last time your favorite team won 72 games in a season. There is only ONE other team to ever accomplish the feat and they had Michael Jordan. He may be the greatest ever to do it but there is no one that has the skill set of Steph Curry.
Congrats to Golden State on hitting an incredible milestone that will forever be remembered.