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Caught in the Web: Capturing the Lakers' uninspiring performance against Oklahoma City

March 27, 2010 |  9:05 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan documents the Lakers' visible anger during the team's 91-75 loss Friday to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights the Lakers' poor teamwork.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi mentionts a lot of things the did team wrong, but Lakers guard Kobe Bryant says the team won't play like this in the postseason.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry said Thabo Sefolosha's defense on Kobe Bryant made the difference in Oklahoma City's victory.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why there were too many things the Lakers didn't do right against Oklahoma City.

Notebooks

--The Times' Broderick Turner talks with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, who said it's games like the Lakers' loss to Oklahoma City that leave him wondering if he wants to return to the Lakers next year. "After tonight, asking me that question when the team doesn't respond to your coaching, you're setting yourself up for a hypothetical like, ‘If they're not going to respond to your coaching, why do you want to come back and coach them?'" Jackson told Turner. "Either they respond or they don't respond."

--The interesting thing about Jackson's conversation with Turner is that Jackson told reporters before the game that he would consider coming back to coach next season, although he made it clear he hadn't made a decision.

--The Orange County Register's Ding reports that center Andrew Bynum is out of his walking boot.

Columns

--The Times' T.J. Simers criticizes the Rolling Stone article that suggested Oklahoma City guard Kevin Durant has surpassed Kobe Bryant as a basketball player, and then criticizes Bryant for his poor performance against Oklahoma City.

--The Times' Bresnahan explains why the Lakers should be concerned with the Thunder if they face each other in the playoffs.

--The Oklahoman's John Rohde provides a pretty detailed take on why this was the perfect night for the Thunder.

Blogs

--The Daily Thunder breaks down some numbers in Oklahoma City's victory.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky rightfully compares the Lakers' loss to a "15-car pileup."

--Forum Blue and Gold sums up the game pretty well in with this headline: "Pure awfulness"

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a running diary of all the horrible things the Lakers did against the Thunder.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark correctly points out that if there was a mercy rule, the Lakers-Oklahoma City game would've been called before the fourth quarter.

More Lakers links

--There were many fans who had plenty to say regarding a column from The Times' Bill Plaschke that said Ron Artest hasn't fit in with the Lakers.

--Fox Sports has a video report recapping the Lakers' loss.

--Hardwood Paroxysm explains why it appreciates what Bryant brings to the game.

--Lakers Nation ranks the 10 worst Lakers of all time.

--Laker Noise's Roland Lazenby has more of his analysis on the Jackson coaching situation.

--Sports Illustrated put together a pretty extensive photo gallery featuring NBA players and their wives, including Bryant, Lakers guard Derek Fisher and Lakers forward Lamar Odom.

Tweet of the Day: "is it wrong to click off the laker game to watch the Nets try and get win number 9?" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus)

Reader Comment of the Day: "A truly humiliating loss. It'll be interesting to see which team shows up tomorrow after these last 2 jeckl and hyde performances." -- G in DC

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes to the hoop for a layup as Oklahoma City guard Thabo Sefolosha, left, tries to defend during Friday's game. Credit: Larry W. Smith / EPA


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