Kobe is 7-for-27 in 4th quarters in games 1 through 4.
- Game 5 was Bryant’s second-best shooting performance in 11 Finals games against the Celtics, when he scored 38 points, going 13-for-27 from the field and 8-for-9 from the line. He is shooting 42% this series, down from his season average of 46%
- In Game 5, from the 4:23 mark of the second quarter until 2:16 were left of the third, Kobe scored 23 straight Lakers points. But, Boston’s lead grew from 1 point to 13 during that stretch
- In regards to Points Per Possession, Kobe Bryant averages 1.02. Through these Finals he is averaging 893
- Kobe averaged 5 assists per game during the regular season. This went up to 5.8 while sweeping the Jazz in the second round and spiked to 8.3 while dismantling the Suns in the Conference Finals. Against the Celtics, Kobe is averaging 4.4 assists per game
- In Game 5 Kobe scored 38 points. The other 11 Lakers combined for 48 points
- Kobe has taken 120 shots during the series. The next player is Pau Gasol with 60 and Andrew Bynum with 33. Both players are shooting over 50% from the field.
Can you really call him the most “clutch” player in the NBA after stinking up these Finals and letting his team fall 3-2 down? Sure he is averaging 30.2 points per game, but his field goal percentage and assists per game are down from his season averages making him a predictable, inefficient player. He is taking more shots per game than his season average which is taking away from the brilliance of Pau Gasol and not allowing his other team-mates to get involved.
Unless Kobe Bryant plays two huge games and leads his team back to win the Championship, all comparisons to Michael Jordan should stop forever.