Found April 09, 2012 on The Daily Sports Herald:
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The last time the Lakers and Hornets met, Kobe Bryant had by far one of the worst games of his career. He missed his first fifteen shots and went scoreless through the first three quarters, and yet it wasn’t enough for the Hornets to come out victorious. Kobe delivered in the fourth quarter, doing just enough down the stretch to save the Lakers from a disastrous home loss. The good news for New Orleans is that Kobe’s status is questionable for Monday’s game, having sat out the Lakers previous game against Phoenix Saturday night. Kobe is suffering from inflammation in one of the tendons in his left leg, and Lakers trainer Gary Vitti is clearly taking great precautions with it. If Kobe suits up on Monday, the chances he plays anywhere near as badly as he did the last time he faced the Hornets are slim at best.The five-time NBA champion is not only leading the league in scoring, but is also averaging more attempts per game (23.4) than he has since the 2005-2006 season, when he...
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