Kobe's Evolution Bolsters Lakers

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The most important play Kobe Bryant made in Game 1 was in all likelihood a deceptively simple one. It was not one of his myriad of contorted drives, or that improbable fadeaway from the left wing over two defenders, or even the flat-footed block at the rim on Tony Allen (though that was surely the most impressive).

Rather, to listen to the Lakers coaching staff, it was one of the most basic acts in basketball: a two-handed chest pass (or bounce pass, or skip pass) to a teammate on the wing (or at the high post, or in the lane).


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