Carmelo Anthony has officially wrapped up the 2012-2013 NBA scoring title, as Kevin Durant has announced he will not be suiting up for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. KD made the announcement with a message on his Instagram account Wednesday morning.
The end of the NBA season can be boring for most teams who already have their playoff spot cemented, so it’s no surprise the Thunder have decided to rest Durant for the playoffs. With only one game remaining, Oklahoma City has clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Risking an injury to their best player for the sake of personal accolades would not be a wise decision.
Oh yeah, and there’s one thing Durant did not mention in his brief Instagram announcement. He would have had to score 70 points against the Hawks to surpass Anthony, who has been on fire since he returned from injury last month. While the Thunder could have constantly fed Durant the ball and let him chase the scoring title since the outcome of the game doesn’t matter, very few coaches would allow their team to do that. Durant said over a week ago that Anthony could have the scoring title. I guess he meant it.