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Three Stars of the night: We believe edition

Mar 26, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

John Wall

There are some players everyone believes in , and other players whose teammates believe in them. And then there are those players who completely believe in themselves – even when others might not.

Third Star: Kobe Bryant (35 points, 8 rebounds)

Arguably, no player believes in himself more than Kobe, who shot 11-for-27 against the Warriors and extended his lead in games with at least that many shots. His teammates shot an even worse percentage than he did Tuesday, and you could use that stat to defend Kobe’s volume or argue Kobe’s teammates suffered because he stagnated the offense. I suspect Kobe wouldn’t be interested in having that discussion. He – and only he – is capable of leading the Lakers to wins, even if he didn’t do that tonight.

Second Star: LeBron James (24 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds)

The Magic led Miami most of the second quarter, but the Heat’s 27th straight win never seemed seriously in doubt – and it shouldn’t have. As long as they have LeBron, everyone believes the Heat have a chance to win. Once the NBA’s top player turned it on, Orlando was toast.

First Star: John Wall (47 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds)

Before Wall began his season in January, the Wizards were 1-13 when Nene was also out injured, including suffering the final three losses by 26, 30 and 32 points. It was almost like the Wizards knew they were overmatched. But with Wall, they believe again, and why shouldn’t they believe in someone scoring like this? With Nene out, Wall upped his game in a way the Wizards were either unable or unwilling to do earlier in the season. Only Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have scored more in a game than Wall this year.

  1. lucifershuttlesworth - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Kobe over Curry for star of the night honours? I really doubt you watched that game.

  2. dko83 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    He is the only one capable of leading the Lakers to wins? From one Dan to another.. be honest.. you smoke crack?

  3. baymac408 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Wow Kobe is such a p.o.s. 11 for 27 and that’s you star of the night really? Klay had him frustrated and contested his shots all night!! FAKERS ARE GARBAGE!! People need to get of this dudes wang he’s garbage! He scored 31 points but it took him 27 shots to get that!!! Ball hog bandwagon garbageGO WARRIORS

  4. baymac408 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Besides the point of me HATING THE LAKERS.. That garbage team would be better without Dwight and Kobe!! Kobe throws up more shots then the whole team combined and Dwight is a total lack of effort and hates playing for a bandwagon organization… Or he hates Kobe like other REAL people in America!! Garbage, he gets every foul called for him!! Refs tried hard to get th back in the game but not tonight FAKERS! WARRIORS ALL DAY UP AND DOWN CALI YOU BANDWAGON FAN EMPIRE

  5. saint1997 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    people give wall some love! i never normally complain about small market bias but come on. You had an article up about the Heat beating the Magic straight away and nothing to Wall’s 47? DFavors had a posterising slam the other game and we got nothing! It only annoys me when people bag out Wall then say nothing when he just flat out dominates like this. Most important stat though?

    wizards record without Wall: 5 – 28, with Wall: 20 – 15

    • kinggw - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      You could complain about small market bias, but you’d be wrong. D.C. is far from a small market, just like Miami is far from a large one. If the Wiz were one of the leagues top teams, we’d hear about them ad nauseum.

  6. rickyspanish - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:34 AM


    Your team has as much of a chance of winning the championship as the Lakers.

  7. money2long - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    john wall, next season, on a wizards team with a decent record, i bet he will be an all star. don’t tell me to slow down either. wall will make a rose-like leap soon.

  8. bucrightoff - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    One three game losing streak and all of a sudden the Lakers are in deep danger of missing the playoffs again. Regardless that should end any discussion of the Lakers as anything other than a walkover for whoever they play in the first round.

  9. baymac408 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Bro I’m a real fan!! We haven’t made playoffs for a few years!! I’m excited to have a winning season and to make the playoffs makes me ecstatic!! I LOVE WATCHING MY TEAM WIN! We make playoffs this year then I’m HAPPY! Straight up playoffs as a fan is all I can ask for and Ill be proud of it! We have improved a lot this year and that alone makes me proud to be a WARRIOR!

  10. baymac408 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    And if lakers play spurs or okc, and we play the clippers.. Then I guarantee rickyspanish we will have a better chance of getting to second round!

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Warriors will get swept.

  11. hannsta - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Kobe is the only guy who consistently gets star of the nights when his team loses.

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