Caught in the Web: Capturing reaction to Lakers' 110-89 Game 4 loss to Oklahoma City Thunder
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights everything that went wrong in the Lakers' 110-89 Game 4 loss Saturday to the Oklahoma City Thunder.-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding says the Lakers' Game 4 loss to the Thunder is the most embarrassing performance of the season.
-- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry argues that OKC sent a message with its Game 4 victory.
-- NBA.com's Randy Renner reports that the Lakers' loss left them stunned.
-- What, Kobe worry? The Daily News' Elliott Teaford sees Kobe Bryant puffing a cigar following the Lakers' Game 4 loss.
With a full regular season on the books, The Times' Bresnahan details how Lakers forward Ron Artest is still learning the triangle offense. Artest also should admit he needs to improve his three-of-23 mark from three-point range in the postseason. But he tells the Orange County Register's Ding that he's satisfied with his shooting.
-- The Times' Broderick Turner highlights contributions Oklahoma City guard James Harden made off the bench.-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky explains how the Thunder protects its home court. He also details Jeff Green's improvement.
-- The Oklahoman's Mike Baldwin credits the Thunder's defense against the Lakers.
-- ESPN Los Angeles Dave McMenamin tackles the Lakers' free-throw-shooting problems.
-- The Daily News' Teaford dissects all that is going wrong with the Lakers' triangle offense.-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton explores the Lakers' poor effort on the glass.
-- The Times' T.J. Simers appreciates how the Thunder and its fans approach the game. Of course, that's meant to contrast the Lakers' current phase.-- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande doesn't rule out the possibility, but he doesn't believe the Thunder will upset the Lakers in the first round.
-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper credits Oklahoma City's fan support.
-- The Orange County Register's Ding reports that Lakers guard Derek Fisher had told Lakers Coach Phil Jackson to bench him in Game 5 the instant he didn't box out Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.-- Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix argues that the Lakers lacked effort in Game 4.
-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller wonders what Bryant's true motivations are in deciding not to shoot until the second quarter.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin wonders whether the Lakers are capable of fixing their problems.-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Patton argues the latest loss indicates the Lakers are vulnerable.
-- The Oklahoman's John Rohde details the passion of one Thunder super fan.
-- Fox Sports' Charley Rosen believes Bryant didn't attempt a single shot in the first quarter because he wants to stick it to Jackson for criticizing his shot selection.
-- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel believes the Thunder can win this series.
-- The Daily Thunder credits OKC's dominance to a strong start.
-- Forum Blue and Gold documents everything the Lakers did wrong. Oh, where to begin?-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down several of the turning points that led to the Lakers' loss.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues the Thunder is "making the defending champs look very last decade."
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the game and some numbers in Game 4, something he does so well that I probably should've asked for his help while working on my taxes.
Other Lakers/Thunder links-- The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams details how Thunder General Manager Sam Presti built OKC into playoff contenders.
-- Hoops Hype's Roland Lazenby details the challenges Bryant has to overcome with an aging body.
-- Lakers forward Lamar Odom apparently has a long way to go in learning Spanish. Fortunately, Lakers forward Pau Gasol is there to help. Now if only El Spaniard put the same effort in boxing out OKC.
Tweet of the Day: "I'm wit my bros rite now. Series tied 2-2. We goin shock the world!!!!!!!!!!!" -- EMaynor3 (Oklahoma City reserve guard Eric Maynor)
Reader Comment of the Day: "These Lakers played without the heart of a champion and expected the results of a champion, the perfect ingredients of a perfect disappointment, which I could only endure into the middle of the 4th quarter before I had to distract myself with other "activities." -- Son Vo
-- Mark Medina
Top photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes to his left hand to loft a shot over Oklahoma City center Nenad Krstic during Game 4 on April 24, 2010. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Second photo: Oklahoma City power forward Jeff Green is fouled by Lakers guard Shannon Brown as he tries to put up a shot against power forward Pau Gasol during Game 4 on April 24, 2010. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times