Los Angeles Lakers: Does Kobe Bryant’s Injury Make Them Better Once He Returns?

February 22nd, 2010 by torey ziska Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers are the clear favorite to win the Western Conference and reach the NBA Finals, with all due respect to the extremely talented Denver Nuggets and white-hot Utah Jazz. 

The Lakers have the best record in the West and have a fairly comfortable cushion. They have played their past five games without star player Kobe Bryant. 

They did lose their last game against the Celtics, albeit by just one point in a hard fought game. However, in the previous four games without Bryant, the Lakers went 4-0, winning by 13.5 points per game. 

They took down the Portland Trailblazers by 17. That is impressive in its own right, however, considering that the Lakers had lost nine straight games in Portland (all of which Bryant played in), this game showed what kind of poise this team can have even without its best player. 

They followed that up with a 12-point home victory over the always-solid San Antonio Spurs, who had beaten them earlier in the year.  They then traveled to Utah to face the Jazz, the NBA’s hottest team at the time, (nine straight wins and 13 out of 14 overall) and held them to 81 points in a 15-point victory. ...

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