OAKLAND — Several members of the Golden State Warriors insist they’re still in the process of getting comfortable with each other after adding five new players in the offseason.
But a 12-game winning streak and several games in the coming weeks against sub-.500 teams have gotten folks in the media if they’re thinking about chasing the record they set last season: most wins in a season.
Much like last year, though, head coach Steve Kerr isn’t counting himself as someone who cares about that record — even though he’s played a part in both the Chicago Bulls setting the mark by winning 72 in 1996-7 and the 73 Dubs breaking it.
“I honestly haven’t even thought about it,” the Kerr said Wednesday after practice. “Hasn’t even entered my mind. I know how hard what we accomplished last year — I know how hard that is. Even as an observer when I was in TV, every year someone would start out 25-3, 28-4 and the talk would be, ‘Oh, they could break the Bulls’ record.’
“And I just knew from my experience in Chicago, you don’t even keep track any of that stuff until after the All-Star break. Because all it takes is one thing to go wrong, you lose three in a row and that stuff’s out the window.”
Kerr said he was much more concerned with the team’s recent play, which he categorized as underwhelming — despite the Warriors’ 16-2 record.
“I think we’ve had slippage the last three games,” he said. “And we talked to the team about that today. I told them I don’t care, honestly, how many wins we get. I would like to get the 1-seed in the West. I think that’s important.”
Golden State has been home to the best offense in the league this season. And it hasn’t been close. It leads the NBA in points per game, differential, assists and efficiency. So the slippage remark seems off. But Kerr insists he doesn’t want his team playing down to its competition — instead directing them to focus on growing as a group.
“We’re good enough where if we focus on the process,” Kerr said, “and constantly try to improve and not cut corners, we should be in great shape by the end of the year, no matter how many wins we have.”
Track meet in oracle
The Dubs host the Houston Rockets today in a match of two top-five offenses. Both teams play fast, scoring and allowing well over 100 points per game.
New head coach Mike D’Antonio has freed James Harden and the rest of the Rockets to play in transition more often, which is easier to do with former Rocket Dwight Howard playing for the Atlanta Hawks.