Even though Kobe did not have a huge series against the Thunder, there were two games in which they probably remember Kobe's appetite relatively vividly.
In Game Two, he exploded for 39-points and he posted another huge game in series-clinching Game Six in which Kobe picked up 32 points and seven boards on the way to a Laker victory.
Against the Jazz, Kobe averaged 32-points per game which facilitated the Lakers ability to take the series from Utah in a quick four-game sweep.
Most recently, the Suns found out how deadly the Mamba actually was. The Suns were not an easy prey for Kobe, but every now and then you have to work for your dinner.
After the Suns put up a solid fight, he and the Lakers finished off the Suns and took the lot.
Bryant showed up early and gave the Suns a taste of his potent venom in Game One of the Western Conference Finals when he dropped 40-points, snagged 5-rebounds, and distributed 5-assists which gave the Lakers a huge 128-107 victory over their opposition.
Not only did Kobe dominate early in the series, he did it often, which permitted him to accumulate four double-doubles and nearly average a triple-double (33.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 9.6 assists).
His dominance lasted the duration of the series, culminating in a huge 37-point performance in series deciding Game Six.
It seemed like no matter what Grant Hill and the Suns did, attempting to defend Kobe was a lost cause. Even with Suns playing relatively tight defense on Kobe, he just kept making shots.
In this instance, Phoenix's good defense was simply trumped by a superior offensive performance.
Now, the Lakers have a chance to redeem themselves and get revenge for the 2008 NBA Finals, in which the Celtics took the series from them in six games.
On top of that the Lakers/Celtics rivalry is one that is rich in history and fueled by bad memories and blood that is not much better which will make this series all the more interesting.
Kobe's contributions will be vital and will need to rival those that he added to Los Angeles' efforts against Phoenix if the Lakers are to riddle the mystery of the Celtics' stingy defense.
The Black Mamba can now look forward and see that the Celtics are on the menu, and it's a good thing he appears to have a whet appetite because he will need it if he hopes to finish off the Celtics.
Maybe after the Finals, someone can ask him if he has room for dessert, and if he is, maybe someone can get his some ice cream to reward him for his efforts.