Well, that was easy.
Not that anybody thought "The Turkish Gangster," Hedo Turkoglu, would actually be able to slow down Kobe Bryant, because Kobe's dialed in, and there's no KG meeting his destiny to throw him off his game. Kobe had more points that minutes, 33 minutes into the game, and finished with 40. Beautiful to see the dominance on a big stage, yo-yoing the ball between his legs, pulling up for those full-extension, long, leaning jumpers, wearing his intensity as a scowl. Orlando never got off the bus last night. Here's hoping they don't have "happy to be here" syndrome, where they stay out late, partying, whooping it up, instead of buckling down for another two weeks and trying to win an NBA championship.
Maybe Kobe really has crossed over, going from embattled NBA star with sensitivity and leadership issues, to full-wattage assassin. You might be able to tell from his 40 point, 8 rebound, 8 assist stat line from game 1, or from the fact that Lil' Wayne just recorded his Kobe man love anthem, appropriately titled, Kobe Bryant.
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