On Record Pace

The Warriors are on pace to have the best record in NBA history

Stephen Curry is leading the Warriors in ppg, spg, and mpg

Stephen Curry is leading the Warriors in ppg, spg, and mpg

Eric Sedlacek

The 1995-96 Bulls are looked at as one of, if not the best NBA team of all time. They finished with the best regular season record ever at 72-10. This Bulls team is still the only team to reach 70+ wins in a single season. The Bulls ended up winning the NBA Championship, which wrapped up the single-best NBA season in history. Michael Jordan won both NBA Finals and regular season NBA MVP, and Phil Jackson won NBA Coach of the Year for his part in the Bulls’ remarkable record.

As it stands now, the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors are on course to break the 72-win mark. They currently stand at 55-5 (the Bulls were 54-6 through 60 games). The Warriors started off 24-0, racking up spectatorial attention and opening the possibility of matching the Bulls’ historic record. Last season, the Warriors finished with a record of 67-15, only five games behind the record.

The Warriors haven’t lost back-to-back games all season, and there have only been three games this season when they have been losing by 15+ points. Their head coach, Steve Kerr, missed more than half of the season while recovering from offseason back surgery, and Steph Curry hasn’t played in the fourth quarter in 15 of the 53 wins—both are remarkable considering their success.

However, during their current road trip, the Warriors lost 137-105 to the Portland Trailblazers, the most points given up by a defending champion ever. The next game, the Warriors won 115-112 against the Clippers on the road. After their blowout loss to the Trail Blazers they have won five in a row. The Warriors are the first team in NBA history to win atleast six games twice on two different road trips in a single season.

To beat the Warriors, a player has to make Curry play tough defense throughout the entire game to make him tired. The Warriors don’t only rely on Curry, though, as Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, or Andre Iguaodala could all pick up the slack.

There are only 24 games left for the Warriors, which means they could go 19-5 and tie the record. However, they play more Western Conference teams than Eastern; the West is significantly better than the East. The Warriors could do it, but they just need to stay motivated. Going 17-5 for the Warriors seems pretty easy, but is no given. The Warriors have 15 of the remaining 22 games at home. They need to win 18 games to break the record.

In conclusion, I believe the Warriors will get to at least 70 wins. I hope they tie or beat the record set by the Bulls. I believe records are made to be broken. However, some records are untouchable, like DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak in baseball. The Warriors will get to 72 or more wins if they have the motivation to go after the record. Right now the team is fully motivated as the possibility of getting to the record becomes more and more realistic.