Warriors forward David Lee said the team has set a new goal. Since they missed the primary goal (making the playoffs), and secondary goal (.500 record or better), the new mark is 36-46.
That would give them 10 more wins than they had last season. Such an improvement, he said, would be a notable level of accomplishment and enough to continue the positive vibes into the offseason, fuel the hope they have in the locker room.
Of course, for many fans, 36 wins won’t soothe the sting of missing the playoffs for the 16th time in 17 seasons. For many, it certainly won’t inspire hope for next season, considering the Warriors avoided major injuries and and have so many questions from the top of the organization to the end of the bench. But let’s just assume it is a worthy goal to strive for these final games.
Is 36 wins even feasible?
Golden State would need to win 4 of its last 8 games. If they were to go .500 over this last stretch, that just might be more impressive than if they went .500 for the season. Seven of those eight games are against playoff teams, four on the road. The one losing team, Sacramento, beat the Warriors handily earlier this month at Arco and pushed the Warriors to overtime in Oracle back in January.
Where do they get four wins the rest of the way?
Tonight at Oklahoma City – The Thunder probably won’t catch the Lakers and won’t have a sizeable cushion on fifth-seeded Denver. Still, they didn’t get to where they are by taking games off.
Wednesday at Memphis – Grizzlies will be at home on two days of rest and needing wins to stiff-arm Houston from claiming the eighth spot.
Saturday vs. Dallas – The Mavericks, who just won at Oracle on March 20, is in a battle with the Lakers for the No. 2 spot, and avoid No. 6 Portland, who is dangerous.
April 5 at Portland – The Blazers are just a game ahead of No. 7 New Orleans and needs to stay that way or they’ll likely get the Lakers.
April 6 vs. Kobe & ‘ Em – The Lakers own the Warriors at Oracle. But does Golden State get one last high-note for the season by upsetting Lake Show?
April 10 vs. Sacramento – The Kings have given the Warriors fits. This game is a must-win on the road to 36
April 11 at Denver – On a back-to-back in the Mile High City. Against a team jockeying for playoff positioning. It will be ugly.
April 13 vs. Portland – Season finale. If Portland has nothing to play for, should be easy win.
You see 36 wins happening?