Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson on same page?

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: April 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm •  Published: April 26, 2010

/> LA Times columnist T.J. Simers wrote that Bryant had one of "his patented snits after being criticized for shooting too much.”

Bryant attempted 76 shots the first three games of the first-round playoff series vs. Oklahoma City.

In the lopsided Game 4 loss, Bryant was 5-of-10 from the field. He was 1-of-2 at the line after having zero free throw attempts in Game 3.

"I was managing the game exactly how I wanted to,” Bryant said. "Unfortunately, it got away from us. By them getting out in transition and getting those buckets, I wasn’t able to do what I normally do at the end of the game and close games out.”

Jackson was asked after Saturday’s loss whether Kobe attacked like they discussed in pre-game.

"He was attacking,” Jackson said. "They were shutting him off with two or three guys.”

Which Kobe will show up for Game 5 on Tuesday night at the Staples Center?

Will it be the Kobe who scored 39 points in Game 2, including 15 in the fourth quarter, when he took over the game?

Or will it be the Kobe who struggled in the fourth quarter of Game 3 and stopped shooting in Game 4?

The answer could be the difference to which team wins the series.


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