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Caught in the Web: Lakers head home after a disappointing five-game trip

April 1, 2010 |  8:00 am


Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan sums up everything that went wrong during the Lakers' five-game trip, including the team's 109-92 loss Wednesday to the Atlanta Hawks.

--The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Michael Cunningham explains how the Hawks completely dominated the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding says the team is unsure of its identity.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford says time is running out for the Lakers to sharpen their play.'s Matt Winkeljohn credits Atlanta's team balance as the key to its victory over the Lakers.


--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looked forward to his scoring duel with Hawks guard Joe Johnson.

--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ken Sugiura says that Johnson won the matchup.

--The Times' Turner also details why Sasha Vujacic is in the dog house.

--The Daily News' Teaford provides more information on Vujacic's future.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi has an update on Luke Walton's recovery from a pinched nerve in his lower back.


--The Times' T.J. Simers questions Pau Gasol's lack of toughness, an assertion Gasol says is untrue even if Lakers Coach Phi Jackson agrees with it.

--The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Mark Bradley observes that the Lakers' anger level increased after each quarter.

--The Orange County Register's Ding details Kobe Bryant's frustration.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues the Lakers' depth is greatly exaggerated.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen argues the Lakers have given up on the regular season. He also provides a pretty descriptive rundown of what the Lakers did wrong against Atlanta.


--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky dissects the Lakers' chemistry problems.

--Forum Blue and Gold criticizes the Lakers' effort and fundamentals, two ingredients that are kind of needed to win basketball games.

--LakersNation analyzes whether Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom is the best fit for the Lakers' fifth starting position.

--Struggling to describe how the Lakers are playing these days? Silver Screen and Roll has got you covered. They say it's "the opposite of peaking at the right time.'"

--Sports Illustrated's Paul Forrester updates his latest league MVP list.

Tweet of the Day:"What is up with them? Maybe saving themselves for the playoffs?" -- KhloeKardashian (Khloe Kardashian, reality TV star and wife of Lakers forward Lamar Odom).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Other than the Black Mamba ... has the team quit? Sure does feel like it to me. Hope I'm wrong. I guess we'll see come the PO. I'm beginning to get the feeling that it could get real ugly, real fast. Not panicking but, noticing a lot of bad signs." -- G in DC

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks on from the bench during the final minutes of Wednesday's game. Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.