The Golden State Warriors just won’t slip up, no matter how many chances they get. When Steph Curry was hurt, Draymond Green stepped up. With Steph back in the lineup, they breezed past the Oklahoma City Thunder (you know, one of the only teams that was supposed to kinda-sorta have a chance against them) on Thursday night to tie the all-time record for consecutive home wins with 44.
Golden State has notched 26 of of those wins during the 2015-16 season, which means the team has 15 games left on its schedule to potentially run the table at home for the first time in NBA history. The closest anyone’s come was the 1985-86 Boston Celtics, who went 40-1, but Green was confident the Dubs can do better when asked by NBA.com:
“I think so,” he told NBA.com. “We’ve been phenomenal at home. We’ve protected our home court. I think it’s possible for us to do it.”
And then, without prompting: “I think we will.”
That’s just Dray being Dray, embodying the puffed-chest confidence the Warriors have earned this season and the last. It’s easy to associate Golden State’s kind of sustained excellence with quiet, measured confidence, leaving the brash boasts for the flashes in the pan, but Green and the rest of the Warriors have shown it’s possible to strut without losing focus on the day-to-day.
If the Warriors want to get those last 15 home wins to finish off their perfect season at Oracle, their biggest challenge will be their second-to-last home game on April 7th, when the San Antonio Spurs and their superior point differential come to town. If 41-0 is still on the line, it will be one of the greatest regular season games ever.