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Kobe Bryant left with big burden

Updated: March 11, 2011, 3:01 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNLosAngeles.com

MIAMI -- In the locker room, black towel draped over his shoulders and chest, his knees, feet and ankles swallowed in ice, it was easy to decipher Kobe Bryant's mood.

Back out on the floor, long after the game had ended, firing shots from all over the floor, there was no doubt about Bryant's resolve. Nor about his disappointment.

His Los Angeles Lakers, riding an eight-game winning streak, having elevated their game and their prowess by riding the shoulders of big men Andrew ...

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