The collapse in the 2016 NBA Finals certainly left a bad taste in Golden State’s mouth after their record-breaking season, and sometimes it overshadows it. While they are the only team ever to relinquish that sort of lead on that stage, no other team has won more games than them, and winning 73 out of a possible 82 games is nothing to scoff at. However, their regular season excellence could be linked to their playoff demise, as some players (we’re looking at you Curry and Draymond) on the roster were pushing for the win record.
As expected, however, the chatter has already begun: will the Warriors re-break their record?
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) September 5, 2016
Curry is currently touring Asia and took some time to address the talk about a 74-win season. Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk transcribed Curry’s statement:
“74 (wins) isn’t really a goal. If it happens, it happens. All of our energy will be spent on getting ourselves ready for a championship run. We want to have a great regular season obviously, we don’t want to have any slip-ups, but I don’t think coming into the season with the goal of 74 is a good focus. It’s about winning a championship.”
Chef is merely echoing the sentiments of coach Kerr, who addressed this topic back in April, according to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.
“I was wrong, but I will say the same thing now that I said 20 years ago: I don’t think this will ever be broken. Somebody’s gotta go 74-8. I don’t see it. And I hope our fans aren’t expecting that next year.”
Kerr was part of the 72-10 Chicago Bulls back during the 1995-96 season when it appeared that no one would ever be able to break that record.
For the Warriors, the biggest thing they should be focused on is making sure their team has full chemistry when the playoffs roll around. They can probably win upwards of 58 games on talent alone, but if the four superstars are unable to gel by the postseason, the premier teams will have an edge because championships aren’t won on straight talent.
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