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Caught in the Web: Lakers chalk up a win as they fail to dominate Golden State

March 16, 2010 |  8:44 am


Game Stories

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan chalks up the Lakers' 124-121 victory over Golden State to the team's usual display of complacency.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding points to the Lakers' poor pick-and-roll defense as the main reason they struggled getting the win.

--'s Geoff Lepper explains why Kobe Bryant isn't going to take much away from the ugly win.

-- The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons quotes Warriors center Chris Hunter blaming the loss to the Lakers on the "Invisible Man."

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlighted many of the Lakers' shortcomings they eventually overcame.

-- The Oakland Tribune's Marcus Thompson II reports Warriors guard Stephen Curry asked Lakers guard Kobe Bryant if he was worried in the final moments of the game. Bryant responded with a snicker.


-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes a few issues, including the Lakers' number of hand injuries, their admiration for the Portland Trail Blazers, the NCAA men's basketball tournament and Pau Gasol's hard foul on Phoenix center Louis Admunson being upgraded to a flagrant foul Type I.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford reports Lakers guard Derek Fisher believes the team is on its upside and has enough time to improve before the regular season ends.


-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why the relationship between Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol is strong.


-- For the zero defense the Lakers and Warriors put on display, the performance inevitably brought back memories of playing NBA Jam. Well, there's a new version coming out (kudos to SB Nation)

-- Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby likes how Gasol looks without any braces.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky doesn't like to place too much important on one contest in an 82-game schedule, but he considered Lakers' play against Golden State too troubling to ignore.

-- Forum Blue and Gold went to the game and had a good time.

-- Golden State of Mind argues that Warriors Coach Don Nelson is the right man for the job, even if others don't believe so.

--'s Mike Trudell has a running diary of the Lakers' game.

-- Silver Screen and Roll is impressed with Curry, but not so much with the Lakers.

League rankings

-- ESPN's John Hollinger provides his latest calculations.

-- Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix predicts the Lakers won't be able to keep pace with the Dallas Mavericks.

-- Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus explains why the Lakers' three-game winning streak doesn't warrant the team moving up in the rankings.

-- ESPN's Marc Stein dissects Bryant's shot selection.

Tweet of the Day: "You'll see better defense in pickup games at Venice Beach." - Mike_Bresnahan (The Times' Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan on the team's poor defense against Golden State).

Reader Comment of the Day: "just played it all and there were about 5 too much info moments on it. Lamar has the best smile though, he is a great interview along with being a funny guy." -- CyberCosmiX on Lakers forward Lamar Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian appearing on "Lopez Tonight."

--Mark Medina

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Photo: The Lakers' starting five -- from left, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant -- gather after a foul was called against the Warriors on Monday night. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images.