So that’s one question answered. With last night’s surprisingly handy 112-101 win over the Spurs, the Warriors have now clinched the top seed in the West and home-court advantage for as long as they’re still playing. The final three games—at Memphis and San Antonio, then home against the Grizzlies—mean nothing from a competitive standpoint. But it’s obviously not so simple as that.
The Warriors must win all three games to surpass the 1995-96 Bulls for the best record in NBA history, and even at full strength it is far from a gimme. The Grizzlies are playing for positioning, and to avoid OKC in the first round, while the Spurs are the Spurs, even if you’d expect them to seriously rest their old men from here out. Seventy-three wins isn’t guaranteed if Golden State goes hard (just as a loss isn’t a sure thing if starters rest), but it’s a lot more likely. Steve Kerr’s got himself some choices to make.