Caught in the Web: Lakers have some time before next game
The Lakers don't play again until next Tuesday at Memphis, inevitably leaving more time in between for fans and the team to stomach its 87-86 loss Thursday to the Boston Celtics.
The Times' Mike Bresnahan noted the team's poor shooting in the final minutes of the game. I documented how Celtics guard Ray Allen had a big night in an otherwise sluggish season. And the Kamenetzky Brothers described in detail the numerous challenges the Lakers will face for the rest of the season.
While Silver Screen and Roll break down how some of those challenges could include the numerous trades made around the league, Forum Blue and Gold says it's not exactly sold on Cleveland's trade involving Antawn Jamison, and it's not just because his debut entailed a zero of 12 clip in the Cavs' 110-93 loss Friday to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Fans have certainly aired their grievances too, with some of them wanting The Times' Broderick Turner to offer some solutions. But as ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi wants to remind fans to relax and remember an 82-game season presents many highs and lows.
More Lakers links (after the jump)
--There's some Lakers fans that wished the team acquired Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, in hopes of strengthening the team's backcourt. But Hinrich tells The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson is glad he's still wearing a Bulls uniform.
--This is a debate that never dies. LeBron versus Kobe. The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller isn't exactly wearing purple and gold with his take.
--Here's another debate that's catching fire once again: Derek Fisher's value to the team. ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne correctly explains why that mindset is incredibly shortsighted.
--Meanwhile, Lakers forward Ron Artest was busy in the afternoon for the unveiling of a PETA billboard to raise awareness about spaying cats and dogs.
--Here's something to pass the time before the Lakers play Tuesday. Lakers.com's Mike Trudell put together an excellent collection of postcards from All-Star weekend.
--A scout told Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen that if Cleveland and the Lakers match up in the NBA Finals, the Lakers would successfully defend their title.
Tweet of the Day:"Quiet day for the Lakers. In fact, it'll be a quiet weekend. No practice today. Probably no practice Sunday. No game 'til next Tuesday. Yawn" -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan).
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Photo: Lamar Odom and Sasha Vujacic force a jump ball after tying up Boston's Kevin Garnett in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 87-86 loss Thursday at Staples Center. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times.