Kobe Bryant: ‘I’m Concerned. [Dallas] Can Beat Us’

by May 03, 2011

After the Mavs came into Staples Center last night and stole Game 1, Kobe Bryant reiterated how much Dallas concerns him as a team.

From the LA Times:

“Of great importance, the Lakers’ reserves were heavily outscored by the Mavericks’ backups, 40-25. Jason Terry had 15 points, Peja Stojakovic had 10 and Jose Barea had eight. Not the way the Lakers wanted to start another playoff series. But here they are, down a game, just like two weeks ago against New Orleans. They’re not pleased about it, either. ‘We went in the locker room and felt like we gave a game away,’ Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. Said [Kobe] Bryant: ‘I’m concerned. This team can beat us. It’s clear. We’ve just got to come in ready to play Game 2.’ The Lakers didn’t pound the ball down low very often, Andrew Bynum scoring eight points on three-for-eight shooting and Pau Gasol scoring 15 on five-for-10 shooting. Bryant repeatedly said it wasn’t his fault, pointing instead to the Lakers’ reserves. ‘It had nothing to do with me,’ he said. ‘I’m going to do what I do. I think the second unit, we’ve got to make a conscious effort to get the ball in to Pau and get the ball in to Andrew.'”