Kobe’s return to Milwaukee was a pleasant one; he scored ten quick points in the first quarter and seemed to be in a groove the rest of the game. Bryant came out aggressive and hungry to get the lead early after two straight losses; he would will the Lakers to victory in this contest. Bryant went for 31 points on 10-23 shooting, shot 11-11 from the line, added 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Kobe came into Tuesday’s game ranked 3rd in the league at 25.2 ppg and is making it look easy, getting a lot of points moving with out the ball, not working too hard.
Teams can’t just double team Kobe, he is finding Pau and Fisher for open looks at a high rate this season, combine that with the surprising play of Shannon Brown (21 pts, (4-5 3pt), in 21min), they looked to breeze over the two game slump they just had.
Kobe showed his supreme athleticism at many points this game, one play imparticular he caught an amazing pass off a lob from Brown, then threw a mid air dish to Pau for the open dunk. This play showed his awareness for the defense and how unison him and Pau currently are, they have been playing some great two-on-two ball. Teams are struggling to defend the duo; they are such great and unselfish passers making other players look good is easy.
The current Lakers roster compliments Bryant and Pau well, surrounded by shooters, defenders, and athletic wings. Bryant drove full court and split two defenders on his way to the rim on another play really giving off the vibe that he has fully recovered, is healthy, and seems to have his legs back. He has full control of his body, had no issues knocking down big shots, and continues to show why he is the best player in the league.
The Lakers play back-to-back road games for the first time this season. Wed Nov 17th against the (4-7) Detroit Pistons who are struggling to find themselves, 2-2 at home, and currently rank 26th or worse on 3 important statistical categories (ppg, rpg, apg). The Lakers should look to strike early against Detroit, as they should fold easy against the LA pressure.