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Caught in the Web: Lakers hope to avoid a letdown game against Indiana Pacers

March 2, 2010 | 10:25 am

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Lakers practice reports

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr features in a number of blog posts the Lakers trying to move on past their victory over Denver, Kobe Bryant's work on his jumper and injury updates to Sasha Vujacic and Luke Walton.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details why Coach Phil Jackson is unsure of the team's identity, Kobe Bryant's one-on-one battle with a few kids and an injury update to Sasha Vujacic.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell analyzed Ron Artest's good defense against Carmelo Anthony.

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights the Lakers effort to make sure tonight's contest against Indiana isn't a letdown game, Bryant's shooting woes and injury updates to Vujacic and Walton

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Dan Weber focuses on the Lakers playing physical against Denver, a note on Indiana and an injury update on Walton.

Blogs

--Forum Blue and Gold dissects the Lakers offense.

--Silver Screen and Roll isn't excited for this game against Indiana. Not that they should be.

NBA Rankings

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus.

--Fox Sports' John Galinsky.

--ESPN's John Hollinger (insider subscription required).

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix.

--ESPN's Marc Stein.

Other Lakers stories

--NBC Los Angeles' Kurt Helin argues that the Lakers' will need to reduce their inconsistency in order to make a playoff push.

--Roland Lazenby further explains his story detailing the possibility LeBron James would join the Lakers in a post at Lakernoise.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Doug Mann presents some Lakers statistics and does some number crunching

--Sports Illustrated has a photo gallery featuring the NBA's greatest rivalries. Of course, Lakers fans know that means lots of purple and gold mixed with green.

Indiana Pacers coverage

--The Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells explains why Indiana's leading scorer Danny Granger is having a frustrating season.

--Wells also highlights Reggie Miller's wish that more fans supported the Pacers.

--Wells reports that Indiana Coach Jim O'Brien expects rookie Tyler Hansbrough won't return to the lineup this season because of an inner ear infection.

Tweet of the Day: "Just finished talking to Ron Artest.. says he doesn't change his defense for anybody.. that's just the way he plays!" -- MEavesFSWEST (Fox Sports West's Michael Eaves)

Reader Comment of the Day: "My impression so far this season is that while Artest's defense isn't as situationally impressive as Ariza's frequently was... the lockdown, preventative style he plays is much more sound. Denying position as opposed to relying on quickness to create the steal." -- another dave.

--Mark Medina

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

Photo: Pau Gasol gets a high-five from Kobe Bryant after making a basket during the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 118-96 victory over the Pacers in January. Credit: Darron Cummings / Associated Press.


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