Kobe Bryant's attempt to pull a Michael Jordan came up short Thursday night, as the Nuggets blew out the suddenly struggling Lakers in Game 6. Bryant put up an admirable effort, with 31 points on 13-of-23 shooting, but his teammates were largely absent, which Bryant pointed out in his postgame comments. Given what's at stake in Game 7, he might have been better served by getting some rest. One thing's for sure: Lakers fans can't be happy with the latest developments.
The Nuggets are no pushovers, but it's fair to say that fans didn't see this lasting seven games after the Lakers took a 3-1 series lead.
Should Kobe have played?
Kobe Bryant can always be counted on to step up in big games, but his effort while running on fumes could be a detriment in Game 7.
Metta World Peace will return to the Lakers' lineup after serving a seven-game suspension for elbowing James Harden. How much of a help will he be?
Which team wins?
The Nuggets seem to have momentum on their side going into Saturday's Game 7, but the Lakers will have home-court advantage as the series returns to L.A