By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers barely escaped with a victory beating the Golden State Warriors 118 to 116. The Lakers managed to hold off the Warriors, who are ahead of them in the playoffs, staying ahead of the Utah Jazz at the 8th seed.
The Lakers did not leave the game without facing a major problem as Kobe Bryant was injured late in the game. Kobe stayed in the game after falling hard but left the game after he fell to the floor when heading to the basket. After the game Kobe said he felt a pop and said to reporters “I can’t walk.” After the game it was reported that it is possible that Bryant might have torn his Achilles tendon.
Despite the injury, Kobe led his team to a much needed victory scoring 34 points. Kobe had another game playing almost the whole game up until he left due to his injury. Both big men, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol had a good game. Dwight scored 28 points and Gasol scored 26. Steve Blake had a good game as well scoring 14 points replacing the injured Steve Nash who is probable for the next game.
Kobe caught fire before going down keeping his team in the game. The Lakers have reported that recovery time for Kobe, who will be having surgery, is 6-9 months. Now that Kobe will be out for this season the pressure is on the Lakers and for Dwight Howard and the rest of the team to step up. With Dwight, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, who should return before the end of the season, the Lakers can still pull through and keep the 8th playoff spot. The Lakers play a tough opponent on Sunday facing the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center.