Perhaps the most glaring tell that Kobe isn't yet Kobe came with just under five minutes left in the game. He was fouled and heard the whistle, yet did not attempt to bring his hands through for his trademark move to draw a shooting foul.
Following Kobe Bryant's season-ending Achilles tendon rupture, there's much debate about the role of increased minutes during the Lakers' playoff push in contributing to the injury. Here are at least four major factors to be considered.
With the focus on projecting the impact of 35 year-old Kobe Bryant's ruptured left Achilles on the Lakers' playoff prospects and his future in the sport, there hasn't been much said about the implications of Bryant having played hurt.