NBA Playoffs: Kobe Expected Back For Game 5
Watching the Jazz and that Lake Show fight to a 2-2 draw during the first four games of their playoff series has been some damn entertaining basketball to watch. And like many of you know, Kobe “MVP” Bryant noticeably wrenched his back during Game 4, a tweak that obviously bothered him as the game wore on.
In fact, Kobe’s back was hurting so much, he did his post-game interview while standing up and holding the microphone. Although, some wonder if the media and Kobe are making much-ado about his injury while other athletes have suffered in silence; deciding to recover and help their team instead of inviting the potential for excuses.
Nevertheless, the Most Valuable Black Mamba in the NBA has announced while his back still hurts, he’s planning on playing Game 5 on Wednesday (yay, NBA Playoff scheduling). Could such a revelation actually be a blessing for the Jazz, a team that must win a game in Los Angeles if they want to advance to the Western Conference Finals?
Consider this, will Kobe be so determined to show his back is fine that he takes the game over, reducing his quite capable teammates to ball-watchers and taking them completely out of the game’s flow and potentially rendering them ineffective when crunch time rolls around?
Or will he play the roll of Kobe the Facilitator?
As indicated, Game 5 between the Lakers and the Jazz is Wednesday night at 10:30 Eastern on TNT.