Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr holds the key to their ability to chase down the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls regular-season record.
Dub Nation are on track to eclipse Michael Jordan and Co.'s record of 72 wins but the head coach is more than prepared to put the breaks on that quest if it means being ready for the playoffs.
The Western Conference franchise are under no illusions the record will mean nothing if they do not end the season by lifting the Larry O'Brien trophy. But it seems they are prepared to forgo making history if it means collecting another ring.
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Speaking to Marc J. Spears of The Vertical, Kerr, who was part of the Chicago Bulls team that made history in the 90s, said: "Resting, that will take precedence. We will rest guys if they need it before we will go for any kind of streak or record, that's for sure."
The Warriors are considered one of the healthiest teams in the league and have often avoided any serious injuries since the beginning of their ring-winning season.
The fact they were able to avoid injuries to any of their key players played a huge role in helping the Warriors end their 40-year wait for a title.
The Bay Area franchise's main man, Stephen Curry, is not surprised by Kerr's decision to rest players and believes there were already examples during the win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
He said: "That is how I assumed he would handle it. Obviously, the big picture is always the most important trying to win a championship. Case in point, like tonight [against Oklahoma City], they put Andre [Iguodala] on a minutes restriction knowing he is probably the best matchup for KD [Kevin Durant]. Not worrying about that per say but making sure he is going to be healthy long-term.
"Little decisions along the way like that are about keeping us healthy, keeping us fresh as opposed to … what might be best for that particular night to get a win. We will see how that manifests. Hopefully, there won't be too many decisions that he will have to make along the way."
Curry himself missed the home game against the Atlanta Hawks earlier in the week along with Andre Iguadola. However, their teammates were able to pull through and secured an overtime win thanks to some clutch play from Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
There may be nights in the calendar where the Warriors are not at full strength, but they possess enough power in their ranks to take on any franchise in the NBA. They are a game ahead of the Bulls at this stage of their respective seasons, and the odds are heavily in favour of Dub Nation breaking the record.