Which Kobe Shows Up for Game 6?

by May 29, 2009
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Tonight, will he be the facilitator from Game 5, or the scorer from the previous four games: ”I’ll just read the defense,’ Kobe Bryant said. ‘Denver’s not going to let me isolate someone and go by them. They’re not going to let me play one-on-one. I have to trust my teammates to make plays, and then when those lanes open up, I’ll take advantage of them.’  Whichever alter-ego Bryant chooses to unfurl, the Lakers will be counting on him to lead them to a rare road victory when their backs aren’t against the wall. They’ve squandered three such scenarios in these playoffs already, failing to recover from huge early deficits in Games 4 and 6 at Houston in the second round and getting run off the court in the second half of a 19-point loss at Denver on Monday night.”