OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors have gained a minimum of 50 video games in every of the previous six seasons after their 121-114 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. It is an accomplishment the back-to-back NBA champions take a substantial amount of satisfaction in as they end the top of one other lengthy common season within the midst of a historic run.
“It is form of surreal, to be trustworthy,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry mentioned after the sport. “You speak in regards to the historical past of the group, how onerous it’s to win NBA video games, win championships and string collectively [wins] yr after yr after yr. It takes a group of gifted guys, a dedication to attempting to place collectively one of the best workforce attainable yearly. That is entrance workplace, teaching employees, all the best way down. So I feel I’ve a real appreciation for what we have been in a position to do and wish to proceed it for so long as we are able to.”
Within the wake of an embarrassing 35-point house loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, Warriors gamers and coaches had been reflective about not solely the win but in addition the sustained success the group has loved the previous six years.
“Well being all the time comes first,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned Sunday. “We’re simply going for the 1-seed and attempting to remain wholesome and do all that directly.”
“To have the run that we’re at the moment having, it is a particular factor,” Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced mentioned. “However in saying that, we get the chance to do it with a particular group of men, a particular group, a particular teaching employees, a particular possession group, a particular front-office group. So it is extra so in regards to the individuals that you simply come to work with each day. That is what makes runs like this attainable. That is what makes runs like this sustainable.”
With the win, the Warriors moved forward of the Denver Nuggets for first place within the Western Convention standings. After some poor performances all through the season at Oracle Area, together with Saturday’s lifeless effort, the Warriors embraced Sunday night time’s win as simply 4 regular-season house video games stay within the outdated constructing.
“It is onerous for anyone to know what these guys undergo, bodily, emotionally, spiritually, attempting to defend the crown, attempting to win the title, attempting to remain on high of the mountain. It is onerous,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “And [Saturday] night time that they had nothing, we had nothing within the tank. And the wonderful thing about this workforce is that they all the time bounce again as a result of they’ve a lot satisfaction. However what they’ve completed — this workforce has one of the best report during the last 4 seasons of any four-year interval within the historical past of the NBA. So what they’ve carried out is simply exceptional.”
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Warriors gamers and coaches confirmed no panic after Saturday’s loss to the Mavericks, and that confidence paid off Sunday, when the Warriors bounced again the best way Kerr knew they might. The workforce desires to shut the season with the No. 1 seed within the West, and the gamers are assured they’ll do it if they continue to be targeted down the stretch.
“We bought beat by 40 — that was the explanation why,” Warriors ahead Kevin Durant mentioned of the workforce’s renewed focus. “It doesn’t matter what that sport was, it doesn’t matter what time of yr it’s, you get beat by 40, you do not wish to get embarrassed like that once more. Or simply lose the following night time. So I feel we got here out with a pleasant sense of urgency.
“We let go of that sport, however all people in that locker room, from the coaches on down, are opponents. Behind their thoughts, they only wished to form of avenge that horrible loss. So I like that vitality from the beginning.”