Kobe Bryant: His Six Bad Games That Mean More Than LeBron's One

Gordon TrueCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2010

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - JULY 29:  (CHINA OUT) NBA player Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers attends a meet and greet with fans at Jinan University on July 29, 2010 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
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Much has been said of LeBron's game five performance against the Boston Celtics during the 2010 playoffs.

In that game, LeBron went 3-14 with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block, and 3 turnovers. It was a blowout 120-88 win for the Celtics and gave them a 3-2 lead in the series.

While his shooting was poor, LeBron still led the game in assists (which is something considering how poorly his teammates were shooting). 

Since then LeBron has been criticized for not being able to perform when it really counts.

It was a bad game. But to pin a guy's ability to perform in the playoffs on one series is ridiculous.  

LeBron has the highest playoff Player Efficiency Rating of any active NBA player at 27.08 (Kobe is 9th with 22.36, if you're wondering).

LeBron has a playoff average of 29.31 points per game (2nd among active players), 8.42 rebounds per game (12th) and 7.32 assists per game (5th). 

Looking at the five major statistical categories, there is no active NBA player with better playoff numbers than LeBron James.

Perhaps it his remarkable level of consistency over the previous 12 playoff series that have led people to get so worked up over one game.


Kobe Bryant, who may be the best player in the NBA right now and is certainly one of the top playoff performers, is not immune to bad games.

Bad games happen. 

So here we will list six bad games for Kobe that are worse than LeBron's bad performance in game five against the Celtics.


2008 Finals Game 6 vs Boston Celtics

The Lakers are eliminated by the Boston Celtics in an embarrassing 131-92 blowout.

Kobe goes 7 for 22 with 22 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assists, and four turnovers.


2003 Game 6 vs San Antonio Spurs

The Lakers see their three-year reign come to an end in a brutal 110-82 season-ending blowout to the Spurs.

Kobe goes 9 for 19 with 20 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 7 turnovers.


2004 Finals vs Detroit Pistons

The Lakers were tied 1-1 with the Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals going into game three. Kobe had three-straight poor performances and the Lakers lost all three games along with the NBA title.


Game 3: Kobe goes 4 for 13 with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 turnovers.

Game 4: Kobe goes 8 for 25 with 20 points, 0 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 turnovers.

Game 5: Kobe goes 7 for 21 with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 turnovers.


2006 Game 7 vs Phoenix Suns

After holding a 3-1 advantage in the series, the Lakers were absolutely dismantled by the Suns 121 - 90. 

Kobe goes 8 for 16 with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assists, and 3 turnovers.

Even more telling, in the second half of that game Kobe was 0 for 3 with 1 point.

After the game, Kobe told the media, "If we were going to get back in this type of game, we have to have everybody contributing". 

Perhaps Kobe can relate to how LeBron was feeling during game five against the Celtics.