Mike Conley Says Kobe Bryant ‘Being A Facilitator’ Helped The Lakers
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In the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant went with a different approach as a facilitator rather than a scorer. The strategy seemed to work in the team’s favor with the Los Angeles Lakers in control early.

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Veteran point guard Mike Conley admitted after the game that Kobe facilitating early gave the Lakers an edge, via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

Heading into halftime against the Grizzlies, the Lakers had a four-point lead and appeared in control. Jeremy Lin helped shoulder the scoring load while Kobe took a backseat in that department.

Although Kobe did make an effort to get his teammates involved, the five-time NBA champion only finished with two assists. The 36-year-old is currently averaging 4.2 assists per game this season, but has been highly criticized for ill-advised shots and not trusting his teammates.

Bryant also committed four turnovers in the loss and ultimately finished with a game-high 22 points.

Ronnie Price and Lin ended up leading the team in assists with five apiece. Conley finished with a game-high seven assists to go along with 19 points helping lead the Grizzlies to a second win on the season over the Lakers, 99-93.

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