Following the Golden State Warriors' shock home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves last night, Draymond Green said the team has become bored with the regular season and are keen for it to end.
The defeat was the Warriors' second at home in their last three and puts a huge dent in their chances of breaking the regular season wins record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls of 72.
The Dubs have not been playing at the level we've come to expect in the last few games and will have to win their remaining four fixtures to reach the 73-9 mark. They play the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies twice each.
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Green, who has openly spoken about the team's desire to achieve the record, appeared to change his tune after the unexpected loss and claims the team is just looking ahead to the playoffs.
Asked whether the Warriors had gotten caught up in the hype of making history, per ESPN, Green responded, "Honestly? Yes." Then he corrected, "I wouldn't necessarily say caught up in the hype."
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"It's human nature to where, all right, kind of ready for the regular season to end," Green said. "Talking 82 games, we get bored with that after awhile. And that's no excuse, just, I always give it to you real, and that's about as real as I can be. It's kind of at a point now where you're ready for the regular season to be over.
"Now, saying that we got to be a better enough ballclub to continue to try to get better with these games and try and go into the playoffs the right way and not stumble in the playoffs, so, think that's something we have to focus on. We got to try to finish out this regular season strong."
The Dubs let a 17-point lead slip against a Timberwolves team who had nothing to play for and was on paper the easiest opponent they had left on their schedule. Per FOX Sports, this was the first time in almost two years that the Warriors lost a regular season game after leading by 15 or more points (dating back to a loss against the Nuggets on April 10, 2014).
The reigning champions return to their home floor to take on Western Conference rivals the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday where they suddenly don't seem so invincible. The Boston Celtics ended the team's 54-game home winning streak on Friday and with the young Minnesota team leaving the Oracle Arena with the W, the Spurs will fancy their chances of dealing a third home setback for the Bay Area franchise.
Golden State's dominance throughout the campaign should not be forgotten or undermined even if they fail to go on and accomplish the 73 wins. As Steve Kerr has mentioned on more than one occasion, the team's priority is to successfully defend the championship and with his players looking fatigued as the season draws to a close, it will be interesting to see if he will pull rank and choose rest over the record.