Kobe Bryant is, as they say, on fire.
For three straight games, Kobe Bryant has launched 31 shots towards the rim. For three straight games, enough of those 31 shots have fallen to give him at least 40 points. He has scored a total of 120 points, going 47-93 from the field, 5-13 from 3, and 31-34 from the line. The Lakers have won all three of those games.
The Lakers are riding Kobe to a 9-4 record, good for second best in the West. Kobe Bryant is definitely on a mission.
But what's the mission, exactly? And is this the way the mission should be executed?
Is Kobe Bryant firing away in defiance of his age, his injuries and his critics? Is Kobe determined to not just win another title to catch Michael Jordan, but to do it in a fashion that still make him "Kobe"?
And since I'm asking so many questions... is this a good thing for the Lakers?
Time stands still for no man, no matter how hard Kobe clenches his jaw and stares it down. At some point, the 40 minutes a game ...