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Caught in the Web: Plenty to digest in Lakers' 114-111 overtime loss to Miami Heat

March 5, 2010 | 10:17 am

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Game stories

The Times' Mike Bresnahan outlines how the Lakers' poor start ultimately doomed them in the end.

The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on why the Lakers couldn't handle the pressure.

The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton points out there were many things the Lakers didn't do right late in the game.

The Daily News' Elliott Teaford goes through how the Lakers whittled down the stretch.

The Miami Herald's Michael Wallace explains how Miami suddenly turned the heat on the Lakers late in the game.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman says Miami's victory came on a team effort.

Notebooks

The Times' Broderick Turner gives strong reasons why the Lakers may not re-sign Derek Fisher, Shannon Brown and/or Jordan Farmar this summer.

The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell previews tonight's game between the Lakers and Bobcats.

The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights Kobe Bryant's visit with Albert Pujols.

The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton suspects tonight's game against the Bobcats will be a close one.

The Daily News' Elliott Teaford provides an update on Shannon Brown's thumb injury.

The Miami Herald's Michael Wallace highlights Miami's lineup shakeup involving Carlos Arroyo.

More Lakers links (after the jump)

Sidebars

The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why visiting Charlotte isn't exactly a walk in the park for the Lakers.

NBA.com's Steve Aschburner has his latest league MVP rankings.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinels' Ira Winderman on how Miami's lineup shuffling worked.

Columns

CBS Sports' Ken Berger quotes Bryant as saying that Dwyane Wade lacks a supporting cast in Miami.

NBA.com's Jeff Case says Lakers guard Jordan Farmar is one of the league's players on the rise.

The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues Bryant also lacks a supporting cast with the Lakers.

The Charlotte Observer's Ron Green Jr. looks back on how the Charlotte Hornets passed on keeping Bryant.

The Miami Herald's Israel Gutierrez argues Miami's victory should provide a confidence boost in fighting for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Fox Sports' Randy Hill considers the Lakers-Magic matchup on Sunday something you don't want to miss.

ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin points out that the Lakers' continuing lack of urgency has hurt them too often.

Before you criticize coaching decisions, including Phil Jackson's, be sure to read Ian Thomsen's piece in Sports Illustrated on how being an NBA Coach is one tough gig.

Blogs

Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer breaks down the box score between the Heat and the Lakers.

ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down why overtime "was offered with the express purpose of creating a loss and teaching the Lakers a lesson." That lesson? Stop coasting through games.

Forum Blue and Gold does some number crunching. And the calculations aren't pretty.

Hot Hot Hoops argues the difference in the game involved Wade's 14 assists to Bryant's four. I strongly disagree. If anything, Bryant should be getting criticized for his defense more than anything else.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Dave Hyde says Wade should take a cue from Bryant in wanting to stay with just one team. Said Bryant: "Laker for life."

Peninsula is Mightier credits Wade for leading the Heat to victory.

The headline on Silver Screen and Roll's post says it all: "Lakers zoned out against Miami Heat."

Tweet of the Day:"Wondering if Michael will be in the house tonight. He's got to be courtside for Kobe, right?" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' NBA reporter Dave McMenamin).

Reader Comment of the Day: "If Kobe is paraphasing Denzel in "Training Day", then he would obviously say....'King JAMES ain't got nothing on me'!" -- bronxlakerfan

--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 congratulates Heat guard Dwyane Wade after Miami won in overtime, 114-111, on Thursday night. Credit: Lynne Sladky/Associated Press>


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