OAKLAND – When someone mentioned the magic number, Draymond Green scoffed.
A few weeks ago, the Golden State Warriors set an NBA regular-season record that spawned another collection of blue and gold hats, T-shirts and banners in honor of their 73 victories.
What does it mean now?
“That does not matter,” Green, the Warriors’ emotional heartbeat, grumbled Wednesday as Game 1 of the NBA Finals rematch against the Cleveland Cavaliers looms. “Seventy three wins, it is what it is. That has nothing to do with chasing a title. This is a completely different mission.
“I said it early on, 73 wasn’t our mission coming into the season. It’s no point in us trying to tie them in and saying, ‘Oh, my God, if we don’t win a championship, what about 73?’ There’s enough pressure trying to win a championship, anyway.”
Green, with his Michigan State education and all, is correct to a large degree. If the Warriors had won 71 or 69 or 63 games during the regular season and still advanced to this precise…