As if you have the memory of a goldfish, in 2015-16 the Golden State Warriors set a new NBA record with 73 wins. Then, a couple months later, went on to lose the championship in seven games, blowing a 3-1 lead in the process according to the internet.
Soon after that they added Kevin Durant, finished six games worse with a still historically impressive 67-15 mark, and won the NBA title with ease, losing just a single game in the process.
In fact, 2017 marked the team's third straight year of 67+ wins, and also the third straight year of having the league's best regular season record. Regardless of the makeup of your roster, maintaining such a high level of performance in a season that runs about eight months, from opening night to the championship parade, is exceedingly difficult. And at some point you're going to be unable to match that kind of standard. It's inevitable.
But it sounds like the Warriors could care less if that slip occurs this year, at least that's what they're saying publicly. In a Tuesday feature in The Athletic, two of the team/league's biggest stars made that fact perfectly clear.
"I don’t even look at the standings," said Draymond Green. "We haven’t even talked about it."
"Best record? That’s not even a thing," Kevin Durant added. "It’s about playing good basketball every night. If we don’t play good basketball, we’ll lose.”
Late-February/March are the dog days of the season and often the biggest litmus test to indicate whether established veterans give a damn about ultimately meaningless regular season accolades or not. As it sits, the Warriors are currently 44-14, which puts them half a game back of Houston for both the best record in the league, and the top seed in the West. But for a team built to do nothing but win the NBA title, their real season won't start until April.