The Golden State Warriors (72-9) have a shot at history tonight. If they can beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the season finale, they will officially become the greatest team in regular season history.
Klay Thompson, an integral member of the history-making Warriors squad, cautions his teammates against celebrating too much at the end of the night. According to him, the team must wait until June to repeat as NBA champions before the celebrations begin.
“You’ve got to save that (celebrations) till June, man. I mean, you might have a glass of wine after the game, but that’s about it. We’d enjoy it for a couple nights, and then the real season starts,” said one half of the Splash Brothers.
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Tipoff: 10:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Odds Line: Warriors -17.5 (Over/under 193)
Warriors star’s surreal feeling…
“I got to pinch myself when I think about it every time. Possibly 73 (wins), it’s unbelievable. … It’d be a special feat. We’ve got to embrace it tonight. You might not ever see this opportunity ever again.”
Close to 400 miles away, at the Staples Center, the sporting world is celebrating Kobe Bryant’s finale. But the Warriors-Grizzlies game is just as significant and history-making. Which game would you be watching? Both games start at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Thompson, who grew up idolizing Bryant, doesn’t mind sharing the national spotlight with the Black Mamba. “I think there’s two of them. Kudos to Kobe Bryant. He deserves all the recognition he’s getting. And then I think we’re right on the heels of it.”
“I was under the impression that, going into the season, we could potentially be a better team than we were last year, regardless of what our record indicated. If we didn’t get 67 wins – which is what we had last year – it might not have necessarily meant we were worse. We could’ve been playing better, just a couple of bounces here or there, (and) may not have reached that 67. Now, we’re taking about 73.”
Will the Warriors make history tonight? Odds makers give them a very good shot.