Caught in the Web: Lakers' 108-100 loss to New Orleans leaves Kobe Bryant seething
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan describes the post-game locker-room scene after the Lakers' 108-100 loss Monday to the New Orleans Hornets. That included a very quiet but obviously upset Kobe Bryant.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers' loss all but officially gives Cleveland home-court advantage if they meet in the NBA Finals.
-- NBA.com's Larry Holder provides information on Bryant's silence afterward, the Lakers' frustration with their execution and New Orleans' approach to secure the victory.
--- The Times-Picayune' Jimmy Smith details why the Hornets feel that their upset over the Lakers is bittersweet.
-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford analyzes the Lakers' loss to the Hornets.
-- The Times' Bresnahan reports that the earliest that center Andrew Bynum may return to the lineup would be April 8 against Denver. So far, Bynum has missed five games because of a strained left Achilles' tendon.
-- The Times' Broderick Turner details how the poor defense from the Lakers' guards contributed to a big night from New Orleans guards Chris Paul and former UCLA standout Darren Collison.
--The Times' Turner also points to the Lakers' poor bench play as one of many reasons the Lakers lost.
-- The Orange County Register's Ding focuses on the ongoing struggles of the Lakers bench.
-- The Daily News' Teaford says Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is equally concerned about the team's possible first-round playoff opponents, including Oklahoma City, Portland and San Antonio.
-- The Times' T.J. Simers and Jackson enjoyed a two-hour lunch together. And to think, it was the lunch with Simers that brightened Jackson's day and the game afterward that ruined it.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi compares the Lakers' lackluster play with high school seniors just waiting for graduation. Seniors, however, can coast through the final weeks of high school. Coasting through the regular season may prove costly in the postseason.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky highlights the Lakers' fourth-quarter run and Bruce Willis' hilariously awkward interview with KCAL-9's John Ireland.
-- Just like Willis, the Lakers were hammered, writes Silver Screen and Roll.
-- Forum Blue and Gold criticizes the Lakers for not having a strong cast to support Bryant and Pau Gasol.
-- Hornets 24/7 believes New Orleans' win against the Lakers could have long-term implications next season.
-- Lakers Nation wonders whether Jackson is playing the right rotations.
-- Fox Sports' John Galinsky argues that the Lakers' main concern involves Bynum returning to full health.
-- Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix projects that the Lakers will win in six games in the first round of the playoffs against Portland.
-- Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus can't get over the Lakers' loss last week to Oklahoma City.
Tweet of the Day: "Willis: good PER when hammered. AK RT @TheNoLookPass: Since Ireland interviewed Bruce Willis, Lakers have reeled off five straight." -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky).
Reader Comment of the Day: "Are the lakers really this bad or are they playing opossum? Come on - everyone has been saying - wait until the end of the season - well...it's here!!! Why are they still not able to beat sub 500 teams?! Man- so freaking frustrating rooting for this team. Is Kobe the only one who cares on this team? I refuse to watch any more games until the playoffs." -- Jerry Ross
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant breaks free down the lane past Hornets guard No. 3 Chris Paul and forward James Posey in the second half Monday night. Credit: Derick E. Hingle / US Presswire.