Good, Not Great: Kobe Bryant’s play in the NBA Finals
Bryant has averaged 28.3 points on 40.9 percent shooting in the four games. His points haven’t come easily, and in Thursday’s Game 4 loss he also committed seven turnovers, matching his most of the postseason. "That’s just me playing like crap," Bryant said.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Good, but not great.
This is the best way to describe Kobe Bryant’s play in the NBA Finals. He turned in solid performances through the first three games; however, he struggled down the stretch in Thursday’s game four loss.
Bryant – who is his own harshest critic – will be the first to admit that good doesn’t cut it in June.
To be fair, the Boston Celtics are an excellent defensive club. As a group, they’re all about getting stops. And Tony Allen is making his bones as a lockdown defender in the NBA Finals against Bryant, successfully forcing the future Hall of Famer left and making him work especially hard for each and every point.
With the NBA Finals now a best-of-three affair, Bryant will step up. He understands his legacy at stake. Two losses in the NBA Finals to the Celtics would impact his standing both as an all-time great Laker and player.
Expect Bryant to be great, not good, for game 5, 6, and, if necessary, 7.
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