With a record of 53-14, the Golden State Warriors remain the No. 1 seed in the West, a position they’ve held for the majority of the season. But it isn’t a guarantee that Golden State stays at No. 1 as the San Antonio Spurs are just one game behind it in the standings and have the tiebreaker.
Despite their tenuous hold on the No. 1 seed, the Warriors aren’t stressing about it. In fact, according to Draymond Green, the No. 1 seed isn’t even important anymore.
From ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss:
Draymond on Kerr talking about importance of the 1 seed: "It used to be really important, it's not really important anymore."
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) March 16, 2017
The Warriors have 15 games left their in the season, 10 of which are at home, so they still have a strong chance of finishing No. 1. But as evidenced by Golden State resting Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Green in a recent loss to the Spurs, the Warriors will likely rest their star players from time to time as the season winds down, so they could potentially slide down to No. 2 in the West. This is all part of Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s plan though, as like Green says, he is more focused on the Warriors being healthy in the playoffs than the No. 1 seed.
Golden State doesn’t actually need the No. 1 seed though. The Warriors are one of the better road teams with a record of 26-10. And while having homecourt advantage will likely help them, being a hundred percent healthy is more key to Golden State making a third straight trip to the NBA Finals.