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If the Warriors lose tonight against the Spurs, for sure they’ll end up setting the record. If they win, though, maybe yes, maybe no. Yes, you read that right. That’s because if they win, Popovich, knowing there’s almost no chance of making up a five game deficit in thirteen games, will call off the dogs and start resting his guys en masse. Were he to do that, Kerr would no doubt follow suit. Which means it would be the bench players getting the bulk of playing time down the stretch. Anything could happen then. So it’s ironic: if you want to see the Warriors set the record, you should almost hope they lose tonight. Crazy but true.
Should the Warriors find a way to win tonight and Monday, sweeping this three game road trip they are on, 73 wins is squarely in their sights. They played 12 payers in last nights game, rotating players through. The injury to Bogut is concerning, but depending on the seriousness it may simply become a matter of getting him some needed rest and players like Verajao, Speights and MacAdoo some needed playing time. Get some large enough leads and Curry and Thompson and Green and Barnes can get rest during the game and stay sharp down the stretch.
I would be interested to see where Curry and Co. sit in the way of minutes played compared to other players on top teams. Would be wiling to bet they have played about the same or maybe less even with them only sitting out a game or two per player.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.