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As expected, the Warriors beat the Lakers 111-77 last night to set a new NBA record by starting their season 16-0. Steph Curry & Co. look like they’re headed towards putting together one of the best records in the history of the league.
The Lakers, on the other hand, look, well, bad. Real bad. And Kobe Bryant in particular had one of the worst games of his career against the Warriors. He shot just 1-for-14 from the field and scored only four points in about 25 minutes of action.
Despite this, Kobe doesn’t sound all that worried about how things are going for him personally. After the game, he was asked about his terrible shooting performance, and he said that, even if he had been on fire, the Lakers still would have lost.
“I’m not really worried about it, honestly,” he said. “My shooting will be better. I could’ve scored 80 tonight. It wouldn’t have made a damn difference. We just have bigger problems. I could be out there averaging 35 points a game. We’d be what, 3-11? We’ve got to figure out how to play systematically in a position that’s going to keep us in ballgames.”
And while that makes it seem like Kobe is blaming his team for his poor shooting, he was quick to put plenty of blame on himself, too.
“Frustration kind of got to me,” he said. “The fact that—the way I played, the way I shot, blowing coverages defensively, coming down offensively and not having the concept of what we’re trying to do. It just kind of got to me a little bit and frustrated me, and it affected my shot. I feel OK. Just pissed. Just frustrated with what we’re doing. It bothered me. So I got out of my Zen.”
The Lakers have a few days off before returning to the court Saturday night against the Trail Blazers. No one needs a break right now more than Kobe.
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