History says No. 1 seed doesn’t always lead to title

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March 16, 2017 - 10:44pm
Head coach Steve Kerr also has made it clear he will not risk his team’s health in the chase for the top spot. The No. 1 overall seed has won the NBA championship in four of those 10 seasons. Kerr and his players are right in asserting the top spot guarantees nothing. The Spurs hold the tiebreaker over Golden State, because they’ve already clinched the head-to-head season series. The teams grappling for the No. 8 spot (Denver, Portland, Dallas and Minnesota) all are under .500, while the teams in the Nos. 5-7 spots (L.A. Clippers, Oklahoma City and Memphis) are distinctly more dangerous. [...] earning the top seed would mean avoiding Houston (47-23), the likely No. 3 seed, until the conference finals. Kerr’s son, Nick, played at Cal for one season under Cuonzo Martin and then worked there as a graduate assistant coach. Heaven forbid the players have any rights to get out of their scholarship when the coach leaves, but coaches can leave all the time under contract.

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