As the regular NBA season nears its end, the awards debate and race have been naturally bubbling. The scoring title, given to the player with the highest average points per game is currently being contested neck-to-neck between Stephen Curry and Bradley Beal.
Stephen Curry is leading the race marginally with an average points per game of 31.9 on the back of an exceptional April month.
Meanwhile, Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal is currently poised at 31.4 points per game on an average. Beal provided a great deal of boost to that average with a sparkling 50-point display against the Indiana Pacers in an overtime win.
Curry followed that up with a 49-point outing only a few hours later against Oklahoma City Thunder to propel the Warriors to a huge win.
Beal, however, picked up a hamstring injury in the close fought battle and is expected to miss the game against Atlanta Hawks, giving Curry a golden opportunity to put the contest to rest.
Curry admits being watchful in the race for the scoring title
Following the win, Curry revealed that he was aware of Beal’s performance against the Pacers and stated that the Wizards ace has been playing at a high level now.
“Of course, I did, I know what he’s doing. He’s obviously been playing at a high level, but anytime somebody gets 50, you hear about it.” Curry said.
With Curry scoring 11 three-pointers in the win over Thunder, Warriors coach Steve Kerr claimed that it is about time he breaks Klay Thompson’s record of 14 three pointers in a game.
“I’m sure he’ll get it. It’s just a matter of time the way he shoots the ball and the way the game has evolved. We shot 54 3s tonight, and I didn’t bat an eye. When I got here seven years ago, I could not have imagined our team taking 54 3s, but everything’s different now.
And in an era where the 3-point shot is king, Steph is the best one of them all, so he’ll probably break that record sometime soon.” Kerr said
Warriors next take on the top two seeds of the Western Conference, Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns.