Lakers Examiner: The Los Angeles Lakers played one of their best all-around games of the season Monday night to defeat the Phoenix Suns, 128-107, in game one of the Western Conference Finals. Kobe Bryant, who hit his stride during the Utah Jazz series, looked like he hadn’t missed a beat as he torched the Suns for 40 points on 23 shots.
There were questions about Kobe’s health going into the series, particularly after it was revealed that he had a significant amount of fluid drained from his right knee prior to the series opener with the Suns.
Those questions were answered early as Kobe had that “I’m going to rip your heart out” look on his face all game long, and played with a renewed sense of vigor.
Now, however, the question becomes: how long can Kobe keep this up?
I heard Chris Webber (who had his fair share of knee injuries) on the radio yesterday describing what it’s like to have fluid drained. He said that it basically takes away all the swelling and soreness, so you feel great the next couple of days.
The problem is, Webber said, that the fluid inevitably returns until you fix what is really wrong with the knee. That is what the Lakers need to worry about.