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Lakers’ Dwight Howard brings a Kobe Bryant inspiration with him for Game 5

Lakers, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard wore a slick No. 8 Kobe Bryant jersey as he walked into the arena for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

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The Lakers are extremely motivated to win the 2020 title at Walt Disney World for Kobe Bryant, who tragically passed away in January. Kobe’s daughter, Gigi, was also lost on that tragic day.

Dwight Howard actually channeled his inner Kobe Bryant after the Lakers won Game 4. He said the job is not finished, which is the exact quote Kobe said back in the day when the Lakers went up 2-0 in the 2009 Finals against Howard and the Orlando Magic.

The Lakers are trying to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010, when Bryant led the Purple and Gold to the championship over the Boston Celtics in seven games.

Behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Los Angeles has a good shot of winning the chip at Walt Disney World, especially since the Milwaukee Bucks were bounced in the second round by the Miami Heat.

However, the Lakers can’t overlook the Denver Nuggets since they have erased two 3-1 series deficits in the playoffs. Los Angeles should do everything in its power to close out the series in Game 5 so the Mile High city club doesn’t get any type of confidence that they can come back and win the series.

Howard, who started for the Lakers in Game 4, is averaging 7.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in the 2020 playoffs.