Kobe Bryant’s knee looked fine, no doubt about it. So did the Lakers, indisputably.
Instead of getting run off the court, the Lakers simply ran through the Phoenix Suns with a convoy of Bryant, two power forwards and a message to the remaining NBA heavyweights in a laughably easy 128-107 victory Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Bryant scored 40 points, Pau Gasol had 21, Lamar Odom was large off the bench with 19 points and 19 rebounds, and the Lakers shot 58% at Staples Center, more than enough to make their followers forget all the injury talk for one very significant night.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday, assuming the Suns have recovered by that time.