Andrew Bynum steps up as closer

Updated: March 12, 2012, 2:23 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- For as much as we don't know about the Los Angeles Lakers at this point -- including whether they'll trade Pau Gasol or if this a championship roster or what direction Jim Buss will take them in the future -- there is one undisputed fact: If Kobe Bryant is on the floor in crunch time, he wants to shoot the ball.

He lives for it. He relishes it. It is how he identifies himself as a competitor.

So, it was no minor thing on Sunday when Bryant entered the timeout ...

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