23. Los Angeles Lakers (Previous Week: 24)
Kobe Bryant is going to do whatever it takes to get the Lakers into the playoffs. Earlier in the season he tried the role of distributor. Now he is locked in as the signature Black Mamba. Kobe scored 40 points in a win over the Blazers and 38 in a victory against the Mavs. The question that remains is will the 34-year-old Bryant be able to play at such a high level long enough to get his team in the top eight of the Western Conference? (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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