seventy-three: History within reach for the Golden State Warriors

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:19 PM

They didn't wish to speak about the number. But there'south number way to cover from it anymore."You can't not speak about it at this point," the Golden State Warriors forward said.

seventy-three: History within reach for the Golden State Warriors

Some of Draymond Green'south teammates were uncomfortable. They didn't wish to speak about the number.

But there'south number way to cover from it anymore.

"You can't not speak about it at this point," the Golden State Warriors forward said. "The whole world is talking about it now."

The Warriors are set to defend their NBA title in this year'south playoffs. The top seed is theirs, assuring home-court advantage for the second year in a row.

But there'south one no that matters on Wednesday, the final day of the NBA regular season: 73.

"But when you've a shot at history and being the best regular-season team in the history of the NBA, I think you've got to go for it."

On Tuesday, Curry talked about staying in the present and slowing down to appreciate what'south going on now.

"We keep so much energy and effort into today. Appreciate it," Curry said. "Tomorrow'south not promised, obviously, so why cheat that experience?"

Michael Jordan: 'Go obtain the record'

The Warriors started the season 24-0, distant and far the best start in NBA history. The previous longest win streak to start a season was 15-0, by the 1948-49 WA Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

And what makes it all the more impressive is the Warriors dominated the first half of the season without their head coach, Steve Kerr on the sideline. Kerr, who also played on that 72-win Bulls team, led the Warriors to a 67-15 record and the NBA championship latest season, missed the first forty-three games of the 82-game season because of complications from offseason back surgery. Luke Walton was the interim head coach until Kerr returned.

Green, the Golden State forward, said he didn't think at the time that breaking the record was realistic, even after the 24-0 start. But once the Warriors won their fiftieth game, he realized they were still on pace and it was a real possibility.

But even if they crack the record Wednesday night, there'south still work to do.

"In Chicago, they've a championship banner that says 72-10," Green. "If we don't win a championship, we're not approaching a banner that says -- God willing -- 73-9, unless you win a championship. As horrible as I wish this record, we necessity to obtain something else to go along with it."

And, according to Green, Bulls' legend Michael Jordan himself told Green in February, during the NBA All-Star weekend, to "go obtain the record."

"'If y'all don't obtain this record, I'm going to be hot and I'm blaming you.'" Green said Jordan told him then. "We're nearly there. We've got one more game, and he'south going to blame me, so we necessity to obtain it done."

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