The tumbleweed continuously roll onto the highway. As the sun shone brightly, a few cacti can be seen as the green, contrast the vast golden colors of sand and sun. The hot weather in Phoenix is alleviated with a lack of humidity and wonderful evening breezes. Somehow, somewhere it is not just about the city that excites everyone. The Phoenix Suns found something golden amidst a losing season and injuries that hampered the team to even a respectable playoff eight round seed. The team tried to stop winning and looked on the other direction… tanking. Everyone is doing it, hoping that the basketball Gods will finally delivered the labelled number 1 Ping-Pong ball right into them. It’s a very long shot to the moon but the probability of getting there is quite enticing.
For a brief moment, Phoenix started flowing like a tumbleweed in an open highway, just a few more games and then salivate about getting Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball in the 2017 NBA draft. However, Devin Booker flipped the switched and started making his own story. Devin scored 70 points beyond the Boston Celtics defensive stopper, Avery Bradley’s outstretched hands. Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Stephen Curry never scored more than 70 points throughout their career. And nobody on the rich history of the Boston Celtics who scored that much in their home turf with Jordan just 7 points shy of making the 70 point marked. Although the game itself was never a competitive one, even to a point where the Suns trailed by 26 points. With Booker having 51 points already in the second half, Phoenix started setting up screens, intentionally fouling and used timeouts to give Devin as many chances in scoring as many points as possible.
For a brief moment in NBA history the elite 70-point game club led by Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Robinson, Elgin Baylor and David Thompson, inserted a new member. And to add more spice to it, Devin Booker became the youngest player to ever do it.
Somehow, somewhere it is not just about the city that excites everyone. From a losing season all the way to tanking as much games possible, Devin Booker becomes the lone Cacti. It’s still a long tumbleweed before Phoenix gets to the playoffs.
The Suns are in no hurry; Devin is still 20 years old and a whole lot of future ahead.