Just last month, Lakers lost to Portland (Kobe went 14-37, 2-8 behind the arc) and the Lakers continued the Rose Garden Curse but for some reason the team came out victorious over the Blazers (in Portland) two nights ago without Kobe to end the (coincidental) curse. Lakers also lost to San Antonio last month but again the Kobeless Lakers beat the Spurs tonight to tie the regular season series.
Listen, I love Kobe and we are so fortunate to have the BEST NBA player in L.A. but I'm not going to sit here and watch these past couple of games and not state what needs to be stated here. It seems that the Lakers are playing much more comfortably and seem to be distributing the points quite evenly among other players that don't typically get to see no hear the sweet sound of leather hitting the nylon outside of scrimmage ball. I'm not going to put out unfavoring numbers, I will however provide the box scores from the last two games. You be the judge.
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Either way, the Lakers are winning and that's what ultimately matters coming into the All-Star break. Let's just hope that this new Laker squad will close games early and not leave it up to a last second buzzer beater because without Kobe being there for the clutch, we're screwed. Look at the open 3 pointer Artest had for the win over the Grizzlies! He should've made it. Kobe set him up perfectly for the last second buzzer beater. Kobe IS THE BEST closer in the league, PERIOD!