Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry knows the goal is 16 wins and not necessarily a 16-0 run through the postseason, but he seemed ready to make history after Wednesday's 118-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
"We want 16 wins, we don't care how, but now that we're here [16-0] let's take care of business," he said, per Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet.
Take care of business is exactly what Curry did Wednesday with 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists behind a 5-of-9 mark from downtown. Curry is always a threat to drill shots from deep, but the boards stand out considering his stature as one of the smaller players on the floor at 6'3", and the effort helped Golden State out-rebound Cleveland 44-37.
As a result, it made major sports history, as SportsCenter shared:
Although Curry was eager to "take care of business," he still understands 16 wins and the title are most important. So did Draymond Green when he said Tuesday, "If we were able to do that, I don't think when I talk about a championship I'd say we were the only team to go 16-0," per Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. "I think I'd say we won a championship. That's all that matters."
The focus on the larger picture is admirable from Green and Curry, but this is an opportunity for the Warriors to go down as one of the greatest teams in NBA history.
The greatest-ever narrative debates that dominant NBA discussions, such as LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan or the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls against the Showtime Lakers, would have to include this year's Warriors team when mentioning historically dominant squads.
All that stands in the way of such a standing for Curry and Co. is one more win against the Cavaliers during Friday's Game 4.