Blazers' Webster gets to defend his idol

Updated: January 9, 2010, 5:28 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PORTLAND -- Kobe Bryant's brilliance hurt him on Friday.

And that's not saying he was brilliant on Friday.

He was far from it, actually, missing 23 of his 37 shot attempts in the Lakers' 107-98 loss to the Trail Blazers, L.A.'s second loss in a row and ninth straight in Portland.

But if Bryant hadn't had been so darn good in the past, maybe the Blazers wouldn't have been so ready for him. What was brilliant on Friday was Blazers coach Nate McMillan's defensive game plan set ...

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