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i don't know about you, but i'm feelin' 22-0 pic.twitter.com/XQbywd4qCO— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) December 7, 2015
But as it turns out, "22" is far from the only Taylor Swift song that applies to the Warriors' season. A quick scroll through her catalog reveals that the seven-time Grammy Award winner has been singing about Golden State for years.
There's one of these for the list of teams who've beaten the Warriors this season. Which team will be the first to fill it?
BPI gives Golden State a 31 percent chance of winning a record 73 games, but no reasonable chance of going 82-0, which means an unbeaten season will likely remain only in the Warriors' wildest dreams.
This is exactly what the Warriors have with the Clippers. The back-and-forth ramped up this summer, when Clippers coach Doc Rivers implied Golden State was "lucky" it didn't have to face his team or San Antonio in last season's playoffs. Then again, maybe Doc is just more of a Britney Spears fan and was referencing one of her hits.
How else to describe the Warriors' super-small closing lineup? Golden State is outscoring opponents by 91 points in 64 minutes with Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry sharing the floor.
Game 3 of the 2015 Finals was the last time the Warriors lost a game of consequence. To find their last regular-season loss, you have to go back to April 7 against the Pelicans.
"I Almost Do"
This is what the Nets must be saying about having a win over the Warriors. Brooklyn had a shot to beat Golden State, but Brook Lopez missed at the buzzer and the Warriors went on to win in overtime. Still, the Nets are the only team to hold the Warriors under 100 points in regulation this season.
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Given how well the Warriors have played in his absence, coach Steve Kerr is probably hoping they aren't singing this about him. But officially, Golden State's 22-0 record belongs to Kerr, while interim coach Luke Walton became the first winless coach to earn NBA Coach of the Month honors, leaving him telling Kerr "All You Had To Do Was Stay."
Swift's first numeric song title happens to be the exact number of games the Warriors lost in the 2014-15 regular season and the number of games they've lost since Jan. 1, including the playoffs. Swift never recorded a "Sixteen," and the Warriors are hoping they don't record a 16th loss any time soon.
This is the perfect description of Curry's game. Just ask Kerr, who said after the Warriors' Game 3 win over the Pelicans in last season's playoffs: "His confidence level is just off the charts. He's fearless. He wants every big shot." And that was before Curry lit the league on fire by averaging 32.4 PPG in Golden State's 22-0 start.
This song off Swift's debut accurately describes where on the court Golden State does the most damage. The Warriors lead the NBA, shooting 43.7 percent from 3-point range and averaging 13.5 3-pointers per game, three more than the next-most prolific team.
When the Chicago Bulls host the Charlotte Hornets tonight, Pau Gasol will become the 116th player in NBA history to play 1,000 games, and he wanted to celebrate the milestone with his 3.25 million Twitter followers.
Today I'll be playing my 1000 #RegularSeason game & I wanna celebrate with you! Upload a video with your favorite play of the ones I've made— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 5, 2015
... in any regular season game. You can be as creative as you like... There's a prize for the best video! Use #Pau1000— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 5, 2015
Wow, that's rough. That's the Twitter version of -- well, of getting dunked on, like Nikola Vucevic did to Gasol in that video.
Fortunately, the five-time All-Star took the virtual posterization in stride.
@swish41 there have been a few of those too! = Thanks for sharing mate! ===— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 5, 2015
@paugasol Hahaha. My bad amigo. Let me know what prize I won....— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) December 5, 2015
Kobe Bryant is saying goodbye. Tim Duncan isn't -- but he surely will soon. (Right?)
Both players soared over their generational counterparts and won five titles each, albeit in different ways. Kobe flashy, Duncan subdued. Kobe with mountainous highs and abyssal lows, Duncan with a steady run that makes us wonder if he can keep this up for a few more years.
But who was better? Mike and Mike discussed in the video above -- pointing out that it's very hard to choose between the two.
Now it's your turn:
Kobe Bryant is done at the end of this season, having announced his retirement via a poetic letter on The Players' Tribune on Sunday.
Even though this news is far from surprising -- the 37-year-old has been struggling for several seasons now -- the news of a legend's impending departure always shakes the foundation of sports.
Here is how some notable names reacted:
Hard to believe @kobebryant is finally going to hang it up. One of the NBA's great champions. Enjoy the rest of this season my friend.— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) November 30, 2015
One of the most under appreciated players to ever play is saying goodbye to the game he gave his all!... https://t.co/BOi32TOJQS— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) November 30, 2015
Much respect to @kobebryant as he announces his retirement after the season. A fierce competitor and one of the greatest to ever do it!— Eric Gordon (@TheofficialEG10) November 30, 2015
Kobe is the greatest competitor I have ever faced. I am glad he's found peace, I don't know if we ll see another like him. Enjoy the last 66— Shane Battier (@ShaneBattier) November 30, 2015
KB scored 56 on me in 3(!) qtrs my rookie year. Pushed me to be better more than any player I've faced. He has my ultimate hoops respect.— Shane Battier (@ShaneBattier) November 30, 2015
Thanks for everything to the greatest basketball player of all time Kobe Bryant. The game will never be the same!! pic.twitter.com/usVftyfIKu— Jusuf Nurki (@nurkic23) November 30, 2015
I might cry when Kobe retires yo... Crazy man— Isaiah Austin (@IsaiahAustin) November 30, 2015
Nothing but tremendous respect and admiration for @kobebryant I have always been the biggest fan of his competitive drive. Thank you— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) November 30, 2015
Shout to @kobebryant on his illustrious career in the NBA! One of the greatest of all time...— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) November 30, 2015
Kobe been waiting his whole life to get them bars off.— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) November 30, 2015
Meanwhile, off social media, Metta World Peace interacted with his longtime teammate the old-fashioned way: by getting his autograph.
Tracy McGrady was quite the basketball player. Los Angeles Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell even said (controversially) that he "might have been the GOAT."
So he knows a thing or two about NBA greats. We got him to give us his all-time NBA top five, and he laid it out in the form of a lineup -- with one notable position switch.
PG: Magic Johnson
SG: Michael Jordan
SF: LeBron James
PF: Hakeem Olajuwon
C: Shaquille O'Neal
Check the video above to hear McGrady explain his picks, and see which one is his own personal favorite.
Then, let us know: