2010 NBA Playoffs: Kobe Bryant Crisis Costs Lakers Game Three in OKC

April 23rd, 2010 by Adrian Vicente Leave a reply »
Judging by the number of shots Kobe Bryant fired Thursday night, one has to wonder if he knows if OKC stands for Oklahoma City and not OK Corral.

Bryant took 29 shots, including 11 three-point attempts, in what resulted in a 101-96 Lakers loss to the Thunder. His attempts from downtown were just one short of matching Pau Gasol, who at 12 shots, put up the second-most attempts on the team.

Therein lies a problem that must be addressed with a question.

Why is Bryant taking 29 shots and Gasol, the most talented offensive big man in the game, only 12?

Your guess is as good as mine.

I don't care what excuses Lakers fans have for Game Three. 

The reality is, Bryant single-handedly lost that game by continuously forcing one bad shot after another, when it was obvious his stroke was off.  

The one play that best summed up Bryant's terrible performance, which included just 10 makes and zero trips to the free throw line, came with the Lakers down four points and one minute left to play.

Not once did Kobe look inside to Gasol. 

Not once did Kobe try to drive to ...

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