6 Games Golden State Will Lose To Keep 72-Win Bulls’ Record Safe
Twenty years ago, the Chicago Bulls got Michael Jordan back from his first “retirement,” and they traded for rebounding magician Dennis Rodman. Those two transactions helped the Bulls set the NBA regular-season record with 72 wins and just 10 losses.
Golden State leave Wednesday night with a win against the Heat and a 51-5 record, with just 26 games left in the regular season. Can they avoid six losses in that span? If so, they’ll break one of the very few memorable records in the entire sport – and forever emblazon their names on trivia-minded fans forever.
I’ve looked ahead over their schedule for the next couple months and I found the six biggest painpoints for them. In other words, I found the six games they’ll lose – keeping them from beating that record.
6 Games Golden State Will Lose On Way To Bulls’ 72-Win Record
The Warriors have lost five games this season – all on the road. We’re going to look at the upcoming schedule to find the biggest pitfalls that lie ahead, keeping them from the Bulls’ record.
Feb. 27, at Oklahoma City Thunder
Not only do the Thunder have two of the best guards in the NBA (with Golden State having two other great guards), but Oklahoma City will also be catching the Warriors on the final game of a seven-game, cross-country road trip that began two weeks ago.
March 19, at San Antonio Spurs
This series is obviously building up to be the a Western Conference Finals that’s going to be better than the NBA Finals this season, with the winner of the former easily winning the latter.However, the only time these two teams faced each other this season, the Warriors won by 30 at home.
The Spurs, meanwhile, are the only other undefeated NBA team at home (24-0), and this game comes on the second game of two road games for Golden State.
March 30, at Utah Jazz
The Warriors have three games in four days to finish off March, and the game against Utah comes last. Plus, Utah will be fighting for their playoff lives at this point.
April 9, at Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are pretty good at home, and this is a nice trap game between a Spurs sandwich of games on April 7 and 10. There’s no way they won’t be looking past Memphis.
April 10, at San Antonio Spurs
Once again, the Spurs get the Warriors on the back end of a back-to-back road game swing, and San Antonio will also likely be smarting over a probable loss at Golden State just three days earlier. With just one game left in the schedule, the Spurs will be revving up for their annual “playoffs” awakening.
That’s five losses. I really had to dig down to find a sixth loss, which at worst means the Warriors have a good shot of at least tying the Bulls. But this post is about how they won’t break the Bulls’ record or tie it!
This season, the Warriors have lost games at Milwaukee, at Dallas, at Denver, at Detroit and at Portland – that’s three out of five teams that aren’t even expected to make the playoffs. So I’m going (against the grain) with the only home loss for the Warriors this season, which I think will happen:
March 23, vs. L.A. Clippers
The Clippers currently own the third-best road record in the NBA (behind just Golden State and San Antonio), and they’ll still be battling to catch Oklahoma City for the third seed. Chris Paul doesn’t take too kindly to the talk that Stephen Curry is the best point guard in the NBA, and he’ll work to change things that night. (The Clippers lost by three this past weekend, and that was without Blake Griffin, who could be back by March 23.)
Whether you agree or disagree with which games I think the Golden State Warriors will lose in their attempt to break the Chicago Bulls’ 20-year NBA record of 72 regular season wins, it’s obvious that it’s going to be a close call over the final couple weeks.
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