Insider : Kobe Bryant, Improved Lakers Threat in West

Kobe Bryant did not have a great shooting game tuesday night against the Magic and it did not matter to Kobe as Lakers beat the Magic on Tuesday.Bryant had a  quiet game   with 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting from the field, but contributed elsewhere with eight assists and seven rebounds.  Bryant was happy that for a change  he did not have to carry the load.  Dont look now but the Lakers are three games over 500 at 33-31  and they feel they can move up to as high as a six seed. The Lakers are playing better  and more importantly Dwight Howard playing his best basketball as a Laker. Bryant and Howard seem to be playing better together  and that spells trouble  for the west. The Lakers will pose as a threat as a lower seed and  in what has been a soap opera disapointing regular season can be salvage with a deep run in the playoffs.  Either the Thunder, Spurs, or Clippers may have to deal with  Dwight, Kobe, Steve Nash  and a hot Lakers team in the opening round!  Message to the rest of the Western Conference,  The Lakers are coming, The Lakers are coming!

Kobe Bryant Postgame following the win over the Magic :

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