Tuesday's Game 2 against the Denver Nuggets was a lot tighter than Sunday's Game 1, but the end result was the same. The Lakers win, and in the process take a commanding 2-0 lead heading into Friday's Game 3 at the Pepsi Center.
In what technically should have been called Lakers Early Morning, we break down the win focusing on the following:
A monster game from Kobe Bryant. 38 points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals, and a block. Bryant was particularly hot early, hitting nine of his 12 hoists in the first half, despite some decent defense from the Nuggets who forced him into plenty of contested or lower percentage looks. But as the old saying goes, "Sometimes Kobe Bryant is better than you." Add in some huge defensive plays in the second half (a chasedown block on Al Harrington, plus a key steal late in the fourth) and it was a big night for Kobe.
Strong play from Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. We look at the role Pau has played through the season and the first two playoff games, and why it's so important.
What changed from Game 1 to Game 2, and our thoughts on the series going forward.
All that and more!
Click below for video from Kobe, Gasol, Mike Brown, Devin Ebanks, and Ramon Sessions ...
Kobe, on the difference between this year and last entering the postseason:
Kobe, on the sacrifice of Gasol in this system:
Kobe, on chase down block of Harrington:
Kobe, on key steal 'n' dish in the fourth quarter:
Kobe, on his health, team focus, and his strength in the post:
Kobe, on his "Dirk shots," plus his relationship with Bynum:
Gasol, on growing comfort in his role:
Gasol, on this year vs. last, the role of coaching, and more:
Ramon Sessions on the win over Denver, and a motivating phantom foul:
Sessions on controlling tempo against Denver and Andrew Bynum's passing:
Devin Ebanks on the win over Denver, playing without Metta World Peace:
Brown on Game 2, and his team's performance early in the postseason: