Kobe Plays Decoy in Game One

After scoring only two points in the first half and repeatedly deferring to his teammates, both Kobe and Coach Jackson defended the Lakers’ early game plan.

“I like the fact that he’s looking for his teammates,” said Jackson, noting that he believes Kobe did pass up three or four good shot opportunities in the first half though.

Bryant said that he wanted to make sure his teammates were involved on offense early on before taking over in the second half on his way to 27 total points.

Looking ahead to Game 2, Jackson said that he expects his MVP guard to come out with a little more aggression on offense early on, but that he is pleased with Kobe’s overall game plan.