L.A. Times: The Lakers keep heading to the injured list, one by one, but Kobe Bryant has adjusted accordingly. His production has been on the rise since he compiled 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists Christmas Day against Boston.
He had 40 points against Utah and 39 against New Orleans. He had 26 points in 33 minutes against Portland. He had an even more efficient 31 in 32 minutes against Golden State. He had a well-rounded 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in a rematch Wednesday against the Warriors.
Of particular importance is his shooting percentage, which has increased dramatically to 48.3% after enduring some rough early-season outings. If Bryant stays at his current level, he would set a personal best for shooting percentage, topping the 46.9% he shot in 2001-02.
Bryant has made 69 of 122 shots in the last six games, a commendable 56.6%.
“I’ve always approached the season like the Tour de France. I’ve approached it in stages,” said Bryant, now in his 13th season. “I’m not going to sprint the hill every time. I’m going to let my teammates pull me up, and then I’m going to wait for a certain part of the race and start kind of picking it up. That’s how I approach the season. I kind of pace it.”