Don’t Ask Jovial Kobe About Offense
During last night’s post-game press conference, Kobe Bryant was incredibly pissed because of his team’s lack of defensive effort, and anytime a press member tried to ask him about the Lakers’ offensive performance, the answer was a less-than-impressed Kobe telling everyone who would listen that the offense wasn’t the problem. As you can tell by the look on his face in the lead image, Bryant could give less than a damn about putting the ball through the bucket.
Instead, he wants his team get stops. Lots of stops.
While the offensive questions might have merit — besides Kobe’s great game, no other Laker had over 15 points — the Lakers have given up an average of 116.5 points to the Suns over the course of Games 3 and 4. With that in mind, Kobe’s concern over his team’s defense is legitimate. While most pundits still have the Lakers in the series’ driver’s seat, if they continue to allow the Suns to score almost 120 points in these last two-to-three games, the task of repeating as World Champions will be much more difficult, if not impossible.