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Kobe Bryant and Ramon Sessions Star in Los Angeles Lakers’ Victory Over Golden State: Fan’s Reaction
Here are three thoughts on the game:
Andrew Bynum's bum ankle
The Lakers held on to win this game, but they need center Andrew Bynum healthy. They don't stand a chance of making it to the NBA Finals with Bynum injured. Fortunately, Bynum's sprained ankle doesn't appear to be serious. X-rays on the ankle proved negative, and he could only miss a few days. Still, the injury made me hold my breath. The last thing I want to see is Bynum sitting on the bench in a suit as the playoffs draw near.
Kobe's big night
No one knew how Bryant would respond after missing 18 of 21 shots in Saturday's victory over the New Orleans Hornets. He's faced more criticism than anyone on the roster this season, and he's probably deserved it. Bryant's field goal and three-point percentages have dropped three points this season while his turnover ratio is the worst it's been since 2004-2005.
However, Bryant deserves nothing but praise for his performance against the Warriors. He shot 16 of 28, including 3 for 3 from three-point range, while adding five assists and three rebounds. Most importantly, Bryant picked up his game when the team needed him the most. The Lakers had to make up for Bynum's scoring somewhere, and both Bryant and Sessions were up to the task.
Best game as a Laker
Ramon Sessions has been up and down while adjusting to the Lakers, but he was outstanding on Sunday night. Sessions was 7 of 10 shooting, including 2 for 3 from behind the arc, for 23 points and nine assists. However, it's not the scoring that makes him valuable to the team. Sessions brings athleticism and vision to the Lakers' backcourt, which enables the team to run a more fast-paced and balanced offense. Hopefully, his game gains some consistency as he settles into head coach Mike Brown's offense.
Derek Ciapala has been a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers since childhood. His favorite Lakers' moment is when they beat the Detroit Pistons 108-105 in Game 7 of the 1988 NBA Finals. You can follow him on Twitter @dciapala.
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