OAKLAND -- It's been six years since the Warriors had something to play for in the regular-season finale. Wednesday at Portland, they'll have two goals to pursue.
If Golden State beats the host Blazers, it would lock up the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and send the Warriors into the postseason with some momentum.
Also, point guard Stephen Curry has a chance to make history. After making seven 3-pointers in Monday's win over San Antonio -- giving him 16 in two games -- he is on the cusp of break the mark for most 3-pointers made in a single season.
In 2005-06, Ray Allen made 269 3-pointers to set a new mark. Curry enters the Wednesday with 268 3-pointers.
"He should be done with that by the end of the first quarter," guard Jarrett Jack said. "when he breaks the record, he should give me a shout-out for getting him the ball. And if there's a bonus in his contract, I should get at least like $3, something like that."
Monday's win over San Antonio not only put the Warriors back in the driver's seat for the six seed. It also eliminated any chance they'd finish eighth and face Oklahoma City in the first round. Memphis was also eliminated as a possible playoff opponent with Denver's win.
So three playoff options remain for the Warriors as they visit Portland. Here is a breakdown of the options:
The Denver Nuggets
Wednesday, the Nuggets host Phoenix at the Pepsi Center, where they are 37-3. If they win, they will be the No. 3 seed and the Warriors' first-round opponent should Golden State win at Portland.
The Warriors won one of four meetings against Denver this year. One of the losses was an overtime thriller at Oracle.
The Los Angeles Clippers
Many believe the Clippers are the Warriors' best matchup. They are the only Western Conference playoff team who the Warriors have a winning record against. Assuming the Warriors beat Portland, they could still face the Clippers. It would take an improbable Denver home loss to Phoenix and for the Clippers to win their last two games.
If that happens, the Nuggets and Clippers will be tied and Los Angeles would win the tiebreaker by virtue of being a division winner.
The Warriors beat the Clippers twice at Oracle and once at Staples Center back in November.
The San Antonio Spurs
The Warriors can stay at No. 6 with a loss. But if they lose and Houston wins at the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State would drop to No. 7. That would set up the showdown the Warriors rallied to avoid on Monday.
The Spurs are already locked in as the No. 2 seed, the reason they sat five key players Monday at Golden State.
The Warriors have beaten San Antonio twice in Oakland this year. But they haven't won in San Antonio since 1997.