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Warriors won’t win 73, but how about 70?

Warriors won’t win 73, but how about 70?

So, the number 73 will live for at least another year in the NBA record book.

By losing Monday night in Denver, 132-120, to the Nuggets, the Warriors dropped to 46-9, mathematically eliminating any chance to break their NBA record of 73 wins, set last season. They’d have to go 27-0 to tie it, and that’s not happening.

Though they had not spent a split-second thinking about it, the Warriors could not have anticipated that a sub-.500 team, as the Nuggets are, would get in the way of much of anything in the regular season.

But it happens. There is such a thing as a “trap game” If conditions are right, it may happen again.

The road to 70, however, remains open. To get there, the Warriors would have to go 24-3 over the remainder of the regular season. Is it probable? Is there even a possibility? Or is it beyond realistic?

Here is a look at the five most dangerous games over the final two months:

Feb. 28 at Washington. There is value in it being a homecoming game for Kevin Durant. But it’s second night of a back-to-back set for the Warriors, and their third game in four nights. The Wizards, who started 16-18, have won 17 of their last 20 games and are 24-7 at home.

March 8 vs. Boston. It’s the first game back at Oracle Arena after a nine-day road trip. It’s against a Celtics team that is breathing down the necks of defending champion Cleveland, which has Boston is exploring trade options. If the Celtics bring in an impact player, look out.

March 11 at San Antonio. It’s the second night of a back-to-back set and, again, the third game in four nights. It’s the Spurs. Nothing more needs to be said.

March 28 at Houston. There is a revenge factor, as the Rockets are one of three teams to win in Oakland this season. They also happen to be one of the few teams capable of scoring with the Warriors.

March 29 at San Antonio. It’s the Spurs, once again on the second night of a back-to-back set, this one after a particularly challenging night in Houston. Oh, it’s also the third game in four nights. The Warriors haven’t swept the Spurs in San Antonio since 1996-97 -- the year David Robinson missed 76 games, and before the arrival of Tim Duncan.

If the Warriors manage to win three of those five games, they have a decent chance of getting to 70. If they win four, there is an excellent chance, as six of their last seven games are at home, with the only roadie at Phoenix.

Reaching 70 is a tall task indeed, but assuming they avoid any more surprise losses — such as those against the Lakers, the Heat, the Kings and, now, the Nuggets -- getting there is absolutely within the Warriors’ scope of achievement.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

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Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

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Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.