Kevin Durant needs 70 points tomorrow night vs. the Milwaukee Bucks to pass Carmelo Anthony for the lead in points per game this season.
Durant would become only the third player in history (Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain the others) to lead the league in scoring four straight seasons if he does so.
Why not go for it?
We’ve seen it before when a player comes into the last game of the regular season and tries to go for a huge number to win the scoring title.
It first happened in the closest scoring race in history between David Thompson and George Gervin. Gervin scored 63 points in the Spurs’ final regular season game after Thompson had scored 73 early that day.
David Robinson did the same thing in 1994. He went into the last game of the season trailing Shaquille O’Neal by 33 points and went on to score 71 vs. the Clippers.
Durant, if anybody, is capable of going for 70 in a game, especially in a game vs. the Bucks that is meaningless for them.
Durant deserves this title too. After playing tomorrow night he will have played in all 82 games this season while Anthony has missed 15 games. Durant has scored more than Anthony this year by far and should be recognized with this title anyway.
Scott Brooks has said that his starters will play very limited minutes Wednesday. So unless something happens before the game where Durant’s teammates rally around him and tell him that they want him to score 70, it’s probably not happening.
Durant himself has said that he doesn’t care about the scoring title and just cares about winning a title. Of course that is fine but there would be nothing wrong with at least trying to drop 70 tomorrow night.
All Durant should try and do is shoot every time he gets the ball vs. the Bucks. Let’s say he gets 20 or more points in the first quarter. If he does then he should definitely try and get 70. If he isn’t making shots, then he can forget about it.
NBA fans love the scoring race for whatever reason. They don’t look down on Gervin and Robinson for the way they won it back when they did. And they wouldn’t look down on Durant either. It would just be so fun to see.
I think I speak for all Thunder fans here. Go for 70 Durant.