ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is supported by teammate Serge Ibaka (R) as Durant competes during the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest part of 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 25, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Sam Amick from Sports Illustrated reported on Twitter that Lakers Coach Mike Brown has opted to sit Kobe Bryant down for LA's final game of the regular season. If this report is correct, then Kevin Durant will claim his 3rd consecutive scoring title.
Durant had the smallest of leads over Kobe heading into the final night of the regular season, with Durant averaging 28.03 points vs Kobe's 27. 86. By virtue of Durant's 32 points against the Nuggets last night, Kobe would have needed 38 tonight in order to retake the scoring lead. That number is certainly not out of the realm of possibility, and first reports indicated that Kobe WOULD play tonight. However, with the playoffs starting this weekend, reasonable heads prevailed and Kobe will apparently sit out tonight.
According to Thunder Stats & Info:
"Durant scored 234 more points than Kobe on the year, despite the fact that Kobe took 39 more field goal attempts" #efficiency
CelticsBlog chief Jeff Clark asked me, "Is this the first time a scoring title was settled by a tweet?"
Given that Durant has made his own life so personable via the popular social media technology, it seems quite fitting.