Devin Booker has been on a high scoring a historic 70 points against the Boston Celtics. Booker went 21-40 proving to be very efficient in his onslaught versus the Celtics. People have compared Devin Booker to Kobe Bryant because he has patterned his game similar to the Black Mamba. Devin Booker stated Kobe never put limitations on his game and Booker has adopted that mentality. Kobe Bryant had an 81 point outburst in a game which draws many similarities to Booker as well.
Booker’s highlights show a young man on a mission who is not taking no for an answer. Devin has already had a buzzer beater this season and he is not looking to slow down any time soon. Devin Booker is averaging a career high 21.6 points per game in his second year in the league! He added almost 8 points to last year’s 13.8 points per game.
Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game doesn’t seem safe around Booker already 30 points away in only his second year in the NBA.
Devin Booker Scoring Outburst Impressive or Regressive?
The Boston Celtics had a lot to say about Booker’s outburst. The C’s viewed themselves as vying for a playoff spot while the Phoenix Suns are playing for a lottery spot. The Celtics seemed very salty that Devin Booker was getting so much accolade for dropping 70 points in a loss.
Finally it dawned that 70 points in a double digit loss in not as impressive as people think. Booker had 42 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Phoenix Suns were down more than 20 points at that point. Brad Stevens kept his bench in most of game down the stretch because there was no threat for the Suns to come back.
Devin was allowed to score at will because there was no comeback in the works. The game was over by the 3rd quarter and the Suns were not coming back. Booker was being played at a defensive level similar to the All-Star Game down the stretch.
Why 70 Points Doesn’t Hold As Much Weight
Devin Booker had an impressive night. Unfortunately it came in a blow out that the final score does not truly show. Celtics commanded the game from start to finish. Booker’s performance was not like Jordan scoring 63 points in a double overtime playoff game in 1986 playoffs. Booker’s performance is not like Kobe Bryant overcoming 20 point deficit dropping 81 and winning by 20.
Devin’s game should be celebrated but not glorified. Devin went up against lax defense down the stretch and the game was already at hand. There was no pressure for Brad Stevens to devise a plan to shut him down. Phoenix Suns took the night off to cheer a teammate to score a whole bunch of points in a game that had little to no meaning.
We are sending the wrong message to the youth marveling a 70 point game without putting it into context. Scoring 70 in a tight game is impressive. Dropping 70 points and the game was over by the half not so much. Basketball has turned into the individual accolade game. Once upon a time the teams and results were the most important.
Today it is about who is MVP, who has more rings and the team aspect is neglected. Sport Center interviewed Booker time and time again as if he had won the game. Meanwhile the Celtics clinched a playoff spot and that went without much publication. I love D-Book’s 70, but I would rather 70 and a win. At least 70 in a tight game.