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Someone Needs to Wake Up Kobe

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The Black Mamba lies in the weeds, seemingly snoozing, but with his eyelids at half mast, scanning the terrain, waiting for the proper moment to strike.

So strike already.

If Ray Allen’s performance Sunday night taught the NBA finals-watching populace anything, it’s that when the klieg lights go on, that means it’s time to play your part. While Sting Ray was skewering the Lakers for 27 first-half points en route to a total of 32 in the Celtics’ 103-94 victory in Game 2 at Staples Center, Bryant was either chasing him around or putting together a solid but unspectacular offensive effort with 21 points on 8-for-20...

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