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The 2016-17 Warriors built to smash multiple records

The 2016-17 Warriors built to smash multiple records

OAKLAND – The Warriors, to a man, say they don’t care to chase their six-month-old NBA record of 73 wins in a season, and that this season, though neck-deep in hype, is about the singular goal of winning a championship.

Truth is this team is rebuilt to smash records, particularly scoring records. Assuming health, the Warriors are bound to threaten such records as points per game to points in a quarter/half/game to, most assuredly, 3-pointers in a game and season.

The Warriors led the league in scoring average in each of the past two seasons, and now they’ve added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant to a squad with 3-point king and reigning scoring champ Stephen Curry and sharpshooter Klay Thompson, who can pile up points as fast as anyone – including Durant and Curry.

Veteran power forward David West, whose NBA odometer is approaching 1,000 games, concedes the probability of the Warriors putting up crazy numbers.

Is it crazy, then, to think they could score 150 points in a regulation game?

“I don’t think so,” West told CSNBayArea.com after a long, hearty laugh.

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West paused and pondered and raised his eyebrows. And he started grinning.

“I’m not going to say it’s outside the realm of possibility,” he said. “The NBA is a mental game. So on the right night, if the other team is not mentally into it, hey..."

Asked minutes later if the Warriors might ring up a few 140-point games, Thompson went a step further.

“Maybe a couple 150 ones, too,” he said. "I remember how much Run TMC used to score ... We’ll see. We should have some of the higher scoring games in the league.”

The Warriors averaged 110 points per game in 2014-15 and last season pushed it to 114.9 – the highest since 1991-92, when under coach Don Nelson they set a franchise record at 118.7.

That franchise record is in deep trouble.

The Warriors made 883 3-pointers two years ago and came back last season to set an NBA record with 1,077 treys.

That league record is on notice.

The Warriors twice last season poured in 22 3-pointers in a game. The NBA record is 23, done twice, most recently by the 2012-13 Houston Rockets.

That league record won’t make it through the season.

If Curry and Thompson can combine for 678 3-pointers, as they did last season, the smart money is that the Curry-Thompson-Durant trio could approach 1,000.

Eight times last season, the Warriors made at least 20 treys. Draining 30, as preposterous as it sounds, is conceivable. They made 15 in a half last November in Phoenix, and that was when Durant was in Oklahoma City.

This Warriors team is the first legitimate threat to another record that has stood for 36 years. The 1981-82 Denver Nuggets are the most prolific offensive team in NBA history, scoring 126.5 points per game.

That record is hearing footsteps. And no team has averaged 120 a game since the Nuggets did it in 1984-85.

Coach Steve Kerr wants the Warriors to play fast as often as possible, just as Doug Moe implored his Denver teams to do in the 1980s. Those teams averaged 120 or more points four consecutive seasons and over nine seasons never dropped below 114.

Moe’s 1981-82 team made 40 3-pointers. Total. For the entire season. Kerr’s 2015-16 Warriors likely will exceed that amount in multiple two-game stretches this season.

So brace yourselves. The Warriors last season broke or tied seven league records. Though 73 wins may be safe, a few more records, including some of their own, are destined to fall.
 

Steve Kerr jokes about wanting to trade spots with Andre Iguodala

Steve Kerr jokes about wanting to trade spots with Andre Iguodala

Steve Kerr has accomplished a lot during his playing and coaching career.

He played four seasons for Lute Olson at Arizona. He spent 15 years playing in the NBA, and won five NBA titles during that time.

As a coach, Kerr has made the NBA Finals in each of his first four seasons with the Warriors, and has won three championships.

If you're Steve Kerr, there aren't many people you'd want to trade places with.

Except, there is one Warriors player Kerr would like to be.

"I definitely would trade spots with Andre [Iguodala]," Kerr said on Friday on 95.7 The Game. "I can only imagine what it has felt like to be Andre iguodala over the last 20 years playing basketball. That kind of athleticism, intelligence and feel, I could only dream about being the player he is."

Iguodala, a first-round pick in 2004, has won three titles with Kerr, was named NBA Finals MVP in 2015, was selected to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game and will have earned nearly $170 million through contracts by the time his deal with the Warriors is up.

So, we can understand why Kerr might want to trade places with Iguodala.

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Kerr was asked a really tough question by host Damon Bruce: Who had the better playing career as an Arizona Wildcat, himself or Iguodala?

"How do I answer that?" Kerr joked. "I guess I did because I was there five years and he was there two years."

Dirk Nowitzki remembers one thing most about 2007 Game 6 loss to Warriors

Dirk Nowitzki remembers one thing most about 2007 Game 6 loss to Warriors

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

May 3, 2017 is a special day in Golden State Warriors history.

The No. 8 seed Warriors knocked off the No. 1 seed Mavericks in Game 6 at Oracle Arena to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

Dirk Nowitzki -- who was named MVP about two weeks later -- had one of the worst games of his career. He scored just eight points and went 2-for-13 from the field.

But it was something that took place off the court that stands out more than anything for Dirk when he thinks about that difficult day.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic has the details:

“Crazy atmosphere,” Dirk remembered. “Crazy. One of the loudest buildings I’ve been in. The fans were so in it, any run they had.”

What does Dirk remember most? The pregame tailgates.

“It doesn’t happen much in basketball,” Dirk said. “Happens more in football, when the fans cookout before. But that was the case when we drove up to the arena two-and-a-half hours, three hours before tip.

“Fans were out there flipping us off, mooning us on our way in. It was crazy. As a competitor, fun to play, but it kind of pushed them to another level. The fans were a big part of that.”

On Saturday night, Dirk will play at Oracle for the last time in his career.

The crowds might not be as consistently loud as they were during the "We Believe" run in 2007, but the man who has scored the sixth most points in NBA history has a lot of respect for the people who have filled up Oracle over the years.

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“Oracle was always a fun place to play,” Nowitzki told The Athletic. “Even in the years early in my career, when the team wasn’t good, I thought the fans were always amazing there. Always great crowds. Always loud when they made runs. A great stop.

“They say the fans have changed a little bit. Because, yeah, obviously the ticket prices are a little higher than they used to be 20 years ago. But I didn’t really notice. It’s still super loud. Honestly, when Steph gets on one of his runs and starts shooting 3s from 35 feet, the place goes absolutely bonkers.”

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