Video: Watch Kobe Bryant's pregame shooting routine
With each jab step, pump fake and pull-up jumper, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant gradually built up a rhythm that he hopes will prove instrumental in Game 2 Wednesday night at Staples Center against the Dallas Mavericks.
The game doesn't begin until 7:30, but Bryant began his half-hour pregame shooting routine at 4:30 p.m., mixing in mid-range shots all around the court. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson expressed displeasure after Bryant engaged in a rigorous postgame workout following the Lakers' loss to Miami in early March, believing it would exacerbate his fatigue level and provide further risk to injury. But similar to his routine before Game 1 of the Lakers-Mavericks series, Bryant's routine was far from physical. Bryant jumped very little when he elevated and the shots he fired weren't close to game speed, an approach most likely attributed to his sprained left ankle.
But this being the Black Mamba, his shots definitely fell, something he hopes continues after having a mixed performance in Game 1. He led the Lakers with 36 points on 14 of 29 shooting, but he committed a turnover and missed two of his last three shots, including a potential game-winning three-pointer.
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