Prepared for the record, Warriors go after seventy-three wins in finale

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 3:00 AM

Twenty years later, the reigning MVP and his defending winner Golden State Warriors are on the brink of doing just that and making yet more history this season."I knew what it was but you never really thought about it in perspective of anybody chasing it.

Prepared for the record, Warriors go after seventy-three wins in finale

Stephen Curry never figured the Chicago Bulls' 72-win tag could be matched or eclipsed.

Twenty years later, the reigning MVP and his defending winner Golden State Warriors are on the brink of doing just that and making yet more history this season.

"I knew what it was but you never really thought about it in perspective of anybody chasing it. It was kind of that no that was out there that seemed invincible," Curry said after practice Tuesday. "Even at the beginning of this year, even when we started 24-0, it was kind of: 'Well, maybe we can do it. We're going to hold playing every night with the intention of winning as many games as possible,' but it just sounded kind of ludicrous, 72-10, how much excellent play has to go into it. We're there now, 72-9, and we've got one more chance to beat it."

That comes Wednesday, when the Memphis Grizzlies visit Oracle Arena as Golden State goes for win No. seventy-three to best the 1995-96 Bulls.

And to think of all the scrutiny the Warriors got latest June when they captured their first championship in fortieth years.

Love that Golden State'south title was number way legit because it didn't go through the San Antonio Spurs. Oh, and the opponents the Warriors did beat were all hurt.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers ruffled Warriors feathers six months ago when he made comments about Golden State getting lucky.

"You necessity luck in the West," Rivers said. "Look at Golden State. They didn't have to play us or the Spurs."

The Warriors were annoyed for a moment, then went to work showing the rest of the NBA they were for real — and playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder, number doubt about it. They were knocked again along the way, with Curry'south pull-up-and-shoot-from-anywhere fashion criticized by some Corridor of Famers and other former greats.

Number harm, just portion of it when you're on top, Curry insisted, then shrugged it off.

He can silence them all soon enough.

"It'south a large deal for sure," Curry said. "It'south our latest regular-season game, our latest tuneup before the playoffs and nobody wants to lose their latest game going into the playoffs if you can avert it, and obviously seventy-three. We wish to obtain that number. Why not?"

Curry and coach Steve Kerr expected the Warriors to be better this season, but this good? Number way. This many wins? Hardly. Not with every opponent bringing its best every night.

Triple-double machine Draymond Green can't believe Golden State'south position now, either.

He wishes the record hadn't arrive down to the regular-season finale.

"It would've been chilly to get care of the games we were supposed to get care of and have it already out of the way," Green said. "The way this thing has played out, to be at residence with one shot at it, it'south beautiful amazing. You can't not speak about it at this point. The whole world'south talking about it now. It'south everywhere. There'south number way to cover from it now. Honestly, realistically, I didn't think it could be done."

While Kerr missed Tuesday'south practice for a doctor'south appointment, the Warriors were on task and enjoyed hosting LA Angels sluggers Mike Trout and Albert Pujols along with infielder Cliff Pennington and reliever Joe Smith, who beat Curry at PIG.

It kept the mood light with much still at stake this week.

"We have an opportunity to do something that'south never been done in history," Curry said. "So many grand players have suited up since the NBA began. For us fifteen guys to declare we've accomplished something as a grouping that's never been done before, that'south remarkable. We earned the right to have a forty-eight-minute game to eclipse that label and we've to go out and finish the job, do it the right way... To be in this position is special. It makes you appreciate all the work that'south gone into it, the sacrifice, the excellent decisions from upstairs. You wish to appreciate the moment for sure."

Whatever happens Wednesday, the Warriors know their ultimate task remains bringing residence another championship.

"It should be a fun 48 minutes and hopefully a night we'll recollect for a long time," said Curry, who knows any celebration will be short-lived with the playoffs coming. "We'll be able to appreciate it. You wish to be able to appreciate all the tough work that goes into — if we obtain this latest win — into an 82-game grind. That definitely deserves a moment to kind of reflect. But arrive Thursday when we step ft on the practice floor getting prepared for the playoffs when it matters, you've got to kind of move on."

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