He hit the game-winning basket too. Amazing.
He played an amazing game for the most part, but I do feel like he needed to let Nash run the offense a little more down the stretch. Not talking about the final play, but like the 3-4 minutes to end the game. All we did was ISO Kobe, which against a defender like Smith isn't really something smart to keep doing on and on, it becomes predictable and can lead to mistakes or inefficient shots.
I'm all for Kobe taking most of the shots to end the game, but I feel he would have it easier if Nash was handling the ball and making plays for him. Have Kobe play off the ball, run him through a screen for a catch-and-shoot jumper, post him up, screen his man and have him cut.. That way his attack is less predictable and other players are still threats with the ball in Nash's hands.
It's just a little too much to ask of him to play ISO against athletic and big defenders for 5 minutes and expect him to convert at a high enough rate so he can win us the game.
Still, amazing effort. Great drive to the basket on that last play, add another game-winner to his list.
IMO the energy for that dunk comes from his great determination. Never seen someone with such a drive and will. It's like for a single play of great importance, his determination enables him to overcome his athletic limitations, and push it to another level. It's incredible.