After a stumble during December, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers appear to have gotten their groove back over the past two weeks. LA had cranked out seven straight wins until the tight loss on Sunday versus the cross-building rival, the LA Clippers.
But the Lakers look to make it eight out of the last nine with a win tonight [Monday] against Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma Thunder.
So, what in Laker Land has changed?
How has the team that started this season running off eight straight wins only to falter over the next 20 games, including a disappointing (dare I say embarrassing) loss on Christmas Day to Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and the Miami Heat, begun winning again?
There are multiple factors that have resulted in the Lakers getting back some of that championship mojo.
Here are the reasons LA has gotten back its groove these past two weeks...