Matt Barnes is relishing the chance to prevent the Warriors from making history

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The NBA regular season is reaching its climax, and although the illustrious playoffs are on the horizon, there are still a some game-changing narratives unfolding in the here and now.

The end of the regular season calendar signifies two things now: Kobe Bryant's retirement and the Golden State Warriors' pursuit of a record-breaking 73 wins.

Whilst the Black Mamba's curtain call is set in stone, the Warriors record is not a forgone conclusion.

Standing in their way is the Memphis Grizzlies, a team currently occupying a playoff spot in the hotly contest Western Conference.

However, in their last 10 matchups, the Grizzlies sport a woeful 1-9 record and have lost their last three on the bounce. Only the L.A Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets can match their record over the last 10 outings, and those three teams have the three worst records overall in the league.

Much of that has come down to the injuries that have swept through their roster, particularly to Zach Randolph and dominant center Marc Gasol.

However, with history at stake and nothing to lose having secured their playoff spot, Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes is excited for the chance to halt the Warriors in their historic tracks.

"They're chasing history," Barnes said after the Grizzlies' 110-84 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. "We have a chance to interrupt history. Playing in Golden State, I know how alive that crowd is going to be, and I'm going to be very excited to be part of that game."

Indeed, all the pressure is on the Warriors and losses to the Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves this season show that the reigning NBA champions can be susceptible to an off-night against out-of-sorts opponents.

Memphis coach Dave Joerger thinks after all their setbacks as of late, this is a good opportunity to give his side some fresh impetus at the tail-end of the season's stretch.

"It's for history, baby," Joerger said. "We're going to give it our best shot."

However, Joeger also spoke about how nice it would be to claim the title as the team that thwarted the Warriors.

"Yeah, the emotional tank is a little bit empty right now."

"You also know that sitting out there 24 hours you've got a chance to be the answer on every Trivial Pursuit card for the next 75 years. We'll see what we're going to do with that tomorrow."

Golden State currently hold a record of 72-9 heading into their final game with the Grizzlies at the Oracle Arena tonight and need just one more win to break the Chicago Bulls' record from the 1995-96 season.

Steve Kerr's men also beat the Grizzlies on the road last Sunday evening, 100-99.

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