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

April 1, 2010 |  8:00 am

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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.

--NBA.com's Matt Winkeljohn credits Atlanta's team balance as the key to its victory over the Lakers.

Notebooks

--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.

Columns

--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.

Blogs

--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

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

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


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