The Stat Line of the Night – 5/17/10 – Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant’s health has been called into question entering the Western Conference Finals in the NBA Playoffs. It appears that the question has been answered: No problem. Sporting a yellow knee brace in last night’s game, Bryant was able to play through the pain in a dominant performance that led his Lakers to a 128-107 victory against the Phoenix Suns in Game 1.
Kobe Bryant was red hot from the field all night, scoring 40 points on some very efficient shooting. He was 13-23 from the field and even hit 3-6 of his three-pointers. In vintage Kobe fashion, he was able to get to the line 12 times, converting on 11 of the chances. He also had 5 assists and 5 rebounds to cap off his excellent game. He didn’t do it alone, however. He had help from his teammates, mainly Pau Gasol (who scored 21 points on 10-13 shooting) and Lamar Odom (who had 19 points and 19 rebounds).
The Lakers look almost unbeatable in these playoffs. their combination of length, speed, offense, defense, and rebounding is going to be very difficult to stop, let alone slow down. The Suns looked helpless against it last night, allowing the Lakers to shoot 58% from the field as a team. For now, Kobe earned “The Stat Line of the Night”, but at this rate, he may be earning championship ring number 5 soon enough.