For once, Kobe Bryant smiled. For once, Andrew Bynum frowned.
The Lakers' two best players appeared to trade roles. Bryant usually remains stoic and serious during the NBA playoffs. Bynum often appears carefree.
Yet, the circumstances surrounding their differing body language actually revealed how they are resembling each other.
The Lakers' 104-100 Game 2 victory Tuesday over the Denver Nuggets featured Bynum scoring a playoff career-high 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting, yet he sat there at his locker unhappy. He hardly sounded thrilled about collecting nine rebounds and two blocks after tying an NBA playoff record in Game 1 with 10 blocked shots along with his 13 rebounds.
"I left a lot there," Bynum said. "I need to do better. I want to be perfect."
Bryant sat in the interview room moments later nodding his head and smiling when a reporter relayed to him about Bynum's self-critical comments. He clearly understood his teammate's sentiments.
"He expects greatness out of himself...