Fresh off a streak-ending win over the struggling New Orleans Hornets, the Los Angeles Lakers have a much more formidable opponent standing in their way in the form of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After joining the 30,000 point club en route to a 29-point performance on Wednesday, Bryant is also just 10 points from surpassing Dr. J on the ABA/NBA combined scoring list. Bryant may have to bring his shooting touch against the Thunder. Pau Gasol will rest his knees for the third consecutive game and Dwight Howard’s struggles continue from the free throw line. The Lakers center has gotten so frustrated with advice from teammates about his free throw shooting that he’s even begun shunning advice from point guard Steve Nash, one of the best free throw shooters of all-time.
"My mind cannot get clouded with everybody telling me how to shoot a free throw. I just have to go up there and shoot it my way and not get caught up in what everybody else is saying, because that's when I miss." Howard said.