Kobe Bryant to Blame for Game Two Loss?
Two, if you think being embarrassed by 29 points in the series opener hurt, it carries nowhere near the sting that a two-point loss after leading by seven with two minutes remaining does.
The question now is, did the Lakers prove enough to themselves to truly believe they can get back into this thing when the series shifts to Staples Center for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Saturday?
Kobe Bryant, who has likened himself to the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera in the past and embraces his reputation as basketball’s greatest closer, registered the equivalent of a blown save in Game 2.
His fingerprints were all over the Lakers’ demise in this one, from his 0-for-5 finish from the field (including an airball on a 16-foot turnaround jump shot with the Lakers clinging to a three-point lead with 1:22 remaining) to the two turnovers he was a part of from throwing the ball away to Durant and having another tipped pass from Steve Blake go off his arms and out of bounds.