What are the top stats to know related to the announcement that Kobe Bryant will likely miss the next six weeks with a knee injury?
Kobe wasn’t helping that much
The Lakers were 2-4 since Bryant’s return after starting the season 10-9 without him.
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Last 6 Games
The Lakers were playing a lot better as Bryant’s return drew closer. They were 6-2 in the last eight games before he came back, averaging 109.1 points per 100 possesions. In Bryant's 177 minutes on the court, the Lakers were outscored by 32 points and averaged only 96.9 points per 100 possessions.
Bryant was averaging 13.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting in six games. He’d scored 20 or more points three times, but had also been held to single digits three times, alternating between the two. It was his most such single-digit scoring games since the 1998-99 season.
Bryant had 34 turnovers, the most of anyone in the NBA since December 8.
What were Bryant’s biggest issues
Bryant ran 28 pick-and-roll plays in which he was the ballhandler and 15 of them resulted in him turning the ball over. Among the 121 players who have run at least 25 pick-and-rolls as a ballhandler this season, Bryant’s turnover percentage (54 percent) is by far the worst. Only one other player, Nick Calathes, had a turnover percentage of 40 percent or worse.
Bryant also started the season with a shooting touch that was a bit rusty. He was shooting 33 percent from the floor on shots 10 feet and out. For his career, Bryant is a 39 percent shooter from that range.
The Lakers were working Bryant back slowly. Last season, 28 percent of his plays came with him running something in isolation. In six games this season, that rate was only 12 percent. Bryant was used more in a post-up role, doing so on 22 percent of his plays in the six games, compared to 13 percent last season.
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This season will mark the first time that Bryant will miss a game played on Dec. 25 in his NBA career. Bryant is the NBA’s all-time leader in games played (15) and points scored (383) on that date.