Tonight, on national television, the best two guards in the NBA will cross swords once again. The last time they met, Kobe Bryant banked a three-pointer over an outstretched Dwyane Wade to give the Lakers an 108-107 win at the Staples Center. Hopefully, for the sake of the Lakers’ starters and the upcoming playoff run, tonight’s game won’t require late game from heroics from the Black Mamba.
On the surface, Bryant and Wade appear to be having similar seasons. Kobe is average 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists a game. Dwyane, in contrast, is averages 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. On top of their statistical similarities, they are asked to carry their team’s offensive burden on a nightly basis. With similar expectations and similar results, the question always arises: