Originally written on HoopStuff  |  Last updated 3/17/13
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By Mike Elworth: Publisher and Owner of HoopStuff Somehow Kobe Bryant was able to play in the first game after severely spraining his ankle, but after 12 unproductive minutes, he had to take himself out of the game. If Kobe Bryant takes himself out of a game, you know he is injured. If he is to miss significant time, the Lakers cannot lose too many games, as they are barely holding onto the 8th seed in the Western Conference. There are three players who must step up significantly now for the Lakers, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks and this is even if Kobe Bryant does play, as he will be nowhere near 100% and will have a reduced role and will play fewer minutes. Dwight Howard: If Bryant misses any time, Howard will become the focal point of the offense and will most likely be so, even if Bryant does play, as he will be limited. The team should go to Howard early and often, as his play has been spectacular of late and he can handle an increased responsibility in the offense....
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