Kobe took a tough shot to his face while he was trying a lay up basket and then he was slow to get up the floor. His nose might got hurt?
The Lakers were also playing without forward Pau Gasol, who sat out because of tendinitis in both knees. Antawn Jamison started in his place and had 15 points and nine 9 rebounds.
“I asked them if it wasn't too much trouble, if I wasn't being too pushy, if they could execute what we were trying to do. And if it didn't make them too angry, if they also wanted to play some defense on the other end, that would be great.”