A lot has been made of Kobe Bryant’s absence this past season.
There were no shortage of injuries, but the Lakers struggled mightily on defense.
In fact, they actually had the worst defensive rating in the NBA (105.6 points allowed per 100 possessions) this season.
Kobe was a huge part of that, but he also got a little less of a chance to contribute.
Kobe played just 21.3 percent of the Lakers’ minutes, and he missed all but five of their games due to injury.
He did contribute with some contributions, though, scoring a career-high 22 points in the Lakers season-opener over the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 10.
The Lakers got their first win of the season on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, and it was a big one.
While the Lakers lost the game, it was still a great win, especially for a team that has struggled to score in recent weeks.
Here’s how the Lakers did without Kobe for the second time in the past three games.
Offense (11-23) — The Lakers finished the night with the second-most offensive rebounds (6.5) in the league.
It’s the second straight game that the Lakers have finished with a team-high offensive rebound differential.
However, the Lakers allowed the fewest offensive rebounds of the night (0.9).
The Lakers also finished with the fourth-fewest offensive possessions (6), which would have been the most of any team in the Eastern Conference.
Los Angeles did have the fewst of the possessions this game (4:21), but that was the second game this season that it allowed the most offensive possessions.
Defense (10-24) — Kobe is now 0-6 on the season with a negative net rating.
He was the only player in the game who did not have a positive net rating, and the Lakers went 0-4 when Kobe had a negative rating.
That is the worst total in the history of the league, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The last time that Kobe had such a negative total was in 2013-14 when he was minus-10.
Kobe also shot a career low 6-of-22 from the field.
Defensively, the team gave up a league-high 108.9 points per 100 possession (11.6) and shot 44.9 percent from 3-point range (27.4 percent).
The defense was a key part of the victory.
The first half was the Lakers only scoreless period of the game.
The second half was a lot of fun for Lakers fans, and they came out on top.
They did have a few opportunities to take a lead, but they did not capitalize on them.
The biggest thing that can happen from this point forward is that the team will find a way to get Kobe back.
It would be an amazing story for him to get back and be back with the Lakers.
This would be a great story for his fans to have, too.