Suns Vs. Lakers: Can Kobe Bryant Find His Shot?

Kobe Bryant will likely attempt to shoot out of his funk when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Phoenix Suns in the second game of an ESPN doubleheader on Friday night.

The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers game on Friday night likely won't be quite as exciting as it might have been five seasons ago, but it should provide its fair share of thrills when the two teams meet for the second game of an ESPN doubleheader. If nothing else, it'll be fun to watch what Kobe Bryant does.

Bryant is averaging more points than anyone in the NBA, but it has come at a cost. He's averaging over 25 points per contest in the Lakers last five games, but he's had to shoot an incredible amount of shots to reach that total. The All-Star has made just 38 percent of his total field goals during that stretch while shooting a wretched 29.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

Bryant hasn't had a lot of help in the backcourt, though. Starting point guard Derek Fisher tallied just three points in the most recent game for the Lakers while Metta World Peace, the other perimeter starter, scored just 10 points while Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined for 35 in a victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Fortunately for the Lakers, the Suns are struggling as they've lost three consecutive games. That stretch of games certainly wasn't easy as they had to play the dreaded back-to-back-to-back, but this weekend's match-up isn't exactly the start of an easy schedule, either, as they'll turn around and host the Lakers at home on Sunday following the Friday night game of the week.

For more on the Suns, be sure to visit Bright Side of the Sun. The best Lakers coverage on the internet can be found at Silver Screen and Roll.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.