Kobe Bryant: Need to 'save energy'

Updated: January 18, 2013, 10:41 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It was asking a lot of Kobe Bryant when the Los Angeles Lakers shifted to assigning the 34-year-old to guarding the opposing team's most dynamic guard while still relying on him on the offensive end.

It was asking so much, in fact, that Bryant admitted after the Lakers' 99-90 loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday that he will need some help to be able to continue it.

After holding Cleveland's Kyrie Irving to just 15 points and Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings to 12 points ...

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