Shawn (06/November/2013 2:06 AM)
For me, this feels like a Jekyll and Hyde performance, cpoamred to last night. Against Dallas, the guys did everything right, performing at their best (absent some free throws there at the end). Against OKC, especially in the second half, all of the worst possible parts of the team came out.Lackadasical defense, poor spacing, needing 20 seconds just to set up a post-entry pass, tired legs giving up the worst kind of plays (two points on a contested jumper don't count nearly as much as two points on a well-run fast break off a horrid offensive possesion, especially with a crowd like OKC's).And is it just me, or have the last two games been among the worst you can remember Kobe playing? Not just bad/missed shots, but a somewhat dazed/distracted look on his face definitely not dialed in the way he usually is. I hate to speculate too much, but I wonder if it's related to the reports that he's getting back together with his wife; on a couple of possessions, the expression on his face reminded me of friends just after they get a new girlfriend and aren't getting enough sleep. For the last two games, it's just been Kobe, not the Mamba.All in all, it was a schedule loss (4th game in 5 nights, second of a road back-to-back against the prohibitive favorite to make the finals in the west), and from 0.8 left in the 2nd, they looked like an old, tired team playing a regular season game that counts just 1/66 that knew there was a long break coming up and just wanted the game to be over, win or lose.I do take comfort in the fact that, in the first half, when they were clearly committing themselves to the effort, they maintained a lead on the team with the best record in the west, in their house come playoffs, assuming the effort is there, I still like our chances.