Rivers: Bryant getting 'craftier' as years go by

Rivers: Bryant getting 'craftier' as years go by
March 12, 2012, 2:32 am
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LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant is good; real good.

And the scary part?

The more you watch him play, the clearer it becomes that even after all these years, his game is still expanding.

"His low-post game has really improved," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "He's so much craftier at it."

Although Bryant has not shot the ball well from 3-point range this year (he came into the game shooting 27.9 percent on 3s this season), he's still as clutch a scorer as you'll find from anywhere on the floor.

In the fourth quarter, Bryant had 10 of his game-high 26 points which included connecting on two of his three, 3-pointers.

"His three-point shooting has always been good," Rivers said. "But when you allow him to set his feet, he's basically going to make it. He's one of the greatest offensive players or players in general to play the game."

And the even crazier part is despite this being his 16th NBA season, the 33-year-old Bryant still ranks among the NBA's leaders in minutes played.

Bryant (38.2) and his Lakers teammate Pau Gasol (37 minutes per game) are the only NBA players ranked in the top 10 minutes played, who are at least 30 years old.

"At his age, that's amazing," Rivers said of Bryant.