This is happening. Stephen Curry is making history and keeping the Warriors at a historic pace.
Wake up. This is real. This is happening. Stephen Curry effectively dumped a hypothermic growler of icy water on anyone still sleeping with his handiwork in Oklahoma City. If you’re just tuning in, there are 24 games remaining, the Warriors are 53–5, and after all that’s gone down (remember the 24-game winning streak?), they’re on pace to usurp the 95–96 Bulls’ 72–10 crown and subsequently enter the conversation for best team ever.
Being real, it’s very easy to get ahead of ourselves here, but then again: if you’ve waited this long to buy in or are just a cranky, retired NBA player, it’s worth indulging in the Warriors while they’re still hot, just in case. Here’s what it’s going to take to chart some history.
The simple math? Golden State has to go 20–4 to beat the record, which means they can lose 80% as many times as they lost in the first 58 games. That… seems favorable. The Warriors just finished a difficult run of six away games in nine days and came out 5–1. They play 17 more games at Oracle Arena, where they are 24–0. Only two multi-game road swings remain. They’ll play five more sets of back-to-backs, of which they have lost in the second leg just once all year.
As for the opposition, the Warriors have four more games against teams that have already beaten them (a pair each against the Blazers and Mavericks). They’ll host the Thunder (this week!) and the Clippers one more time, and also the Celtics, who gave them a run for their money in December. Most notably, they have three left against the Spurs, a team they drubbed convincingly the first time, but which still holds the league’s best point differential, and also remains undefeated at home. The final four games of the season include San Antonio and Memphis twice, finishing up at home against the Grizzlies—who have given them plenty of trouble in the past. Every game already has some gravitas.
So get excited for this, because who knows when we’ll ever see it again. And get excited for this week’s Power Rankings, featuring the Warriors… and in some order, 29 teams that have lost to them.