CLEVELAND -- While the Golden State Warriors are sitting on a postseason record 14 straight wins, it has left basketball fans to wonder whether the team is capable of going a perfect 16-0.
The outspoken Draymond Green attempted to diffuse that commentary prior to Tuesday's practice, saying the Warriors, up 2-0 in their NBA Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, learned their lesson from a year ago.
"We made that mistake of circling 73 [wins] and worrying about the wrong thing before," said Green, referring to the Warriors' record-setting 73-win regular season in 2015-16. The Warriors held a 2-0 series lead in the Finals that year as well, before falling to the Cavs in seven games.
"It doesn't matter," Green said of an undefeated postseason run. "It would be great, a great story. ... [But] 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. I think I'd say we won a championship. That's all that matters."
The only other team in MLB, NFL or NHL history to win 14 consecutive games in the playoffs was the Pittsburgh Penguins, spanning the 1992 and 1993 hockey postseasons.
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry refused to bite on the 16-0 chatter and steered the conversation back to Wednesday's pivotal Game 3 in Cleveland.
"No, because we're not [chasing it]," Curry said. "We have a huge hurdle to get over tomorrow. ... Game 3 has been a little rough for us historically -- and especially in this building. So, to give ourselves a chance at even coming closer to thinking about that, we need to really, really just lock in and give every effort we have on [Wednesday] and how hard this 48 minutes is going to be to really seize control of this series.
"We talked about it before, that 16-0 doesn't matter in any stretch of the imagination unless that's a closeout game."
Coach Steve Kerr agreed.
"We want 15-0, that's what we want," he said. "We literally have never once mentioned 16-0. It's a miracle that it is even a possibility. More focused on what happened last year. That's the important lesson, not any historical bench marks."
Golden State is the first team to take a 2-0 series lead in consecutive NBA Finals since the Chicago Bulls did it in 1996 and 1997.
The Warriors have dominated this postseason, posting a plus-16.9 point differential per game, currently the highest in NBA history. In the first two games of these Finals, they've beaten the Cavaliers by an average of 20.5 points and have led for 86 of 96 minutes.
The Warriors are 29-1 over their past 30 games, dating back to the regular season.
If they were to go 16-0, might they go down as the best team in NBA history?
"I don't think it ends the argument. Two different eras, playing against different teams," Green said, referring to the 1995-96 Bulls, the team he feels is the Warriors' top competition. "To say if we were to go 16-0, we beat four teams 16 times in a row. But they weren't the four teams they had to beat.
"I still don't think there is a comparison to make. Only thing you can measure is the numbers. Everyone wants to make history, but I want to win four games. I just want to win four games. Championship is history. That is the only history we need to make."