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Kobe Bryant’s Minutes Continue to Climb along with Shooting Woes Reviewed by Momizat on . After Kobe Bryant shot a fairly atrocious 3-21 on Saturday afternoon against the New Orleans Hornets, a lot of questions began to arise concerning his increased After Kobe Bryant shot a fairly atrocious 3-21 on Saturday afternoon against the New Orleans Hornets, a lot of questions began to arise concerning his increased Rating:
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Kobe Bryant’s Minutes Continue to Climb along with Shooting Woes

After Kobe Bryant shot a fairly atrocious 3-21 on Saturday afternoon against the New Orleans Hornets, a lot of questions began to arise concerning his increased minutes this season and how that may be affecting his shooting lately. Even though Bryant was able to come through with the game-winner, his increased workload does seem to be taking its toll on him.

Here’s a look at the minutes Bryant has been logging this season, and how it compares to his field goal percentage. As the season has progressed, as well as his minutes, his shooting percentage has gone down. Take a look at the graph below to see the trending lines for both minutes and FG%. As you can see, both seem to be headed the wrong way.

This creates quite a dilemma for coach Mike Brown. Since every win is important for the standings, one would think the team needs Bryant on the floor as much as possible. But if it’s clearly having a negative impact on his game – which it appears to be – is it worth keeping him out there?

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  • Isa777

    We can’t afford to rest Kobe anymore.  he just has to be tough enough to bear it.  The second string isn’t as good as it once was (Not to mention the entire team).  They can hold a lead, and if Kobe doesn’t play those extra minutes the team looses.  Until the off season when we can acquire some better players, we are going to be in a jam and Kobe’s presence is needed on the floor a lot more than before.

    • zxrated

      We can’t afford to not rest him. Kobe shooting a poor percentage due to fatigue equals one and done in the playoffs. 8 man rotations are for the playoff short run. This is how teams crank it up… we are all in too soon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35VTZAUPDSNQBDWE3BSWPO2MMM MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Point is well taken, but the graph is poor, and not well taken.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arthur-Smith/100000394095084 Arthur Smith

    The big picture is Kobe needs to be as fresh as possible for the post season and some of these bench players need to be developed if they are gonna have a run at the finals.  If Kobe is exhausted by playing every minute and the bench is not getting any play then Kobe stats plummet and the bench will not improve.  Something to think about as a coach.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-van-Wieren/1181285590 Jeff van Wieren

    One of the worst coaches the lakers have had, totally screwy as far as playing the subs.

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