Two days of pure rest agreed with Kobe Bryant, who watched intently while the Los Angeles Lakers finished up practice in the midst of a playoff series that's a whole lot less relaxing than the defending champions hoped.
It's the rest Bryant took in Game 4 against Oklahoma City -
where he didn't take a shot until the second quarter and scored
just 12 points - that has left Los Angeles uneasy.
Is Kobe hurt more than he's letting on? Was his passiveness
meant to send a message to his teammates, as he's apparently done
in the past? Or was he simply not feeling it against the
eighth-seeded Thunder's aggressive defense and youthful enthusiasm?
Bryant says he's feeling just fine, but nobody will be certain
until Game 5 Tuesday night.