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Caught in the Web: Capturing reactions to Lakers' 106-100 win over Sacramento Kings

April 14, 2010 |  9:04 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the team's ongoing injury bug, the latest being Jordan Farmar's strained left hamstring he suffered in the Lakers' 106-100 victory Tuesday over the Sacramento Kings.

--NBA.com's Bryan Chu explains why the Lakers allowed the Kings to creep back to within a four-point deficit in the final minute of the game.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes the Lakers' priority tonight against the Clippers is to make sure no one else gets hurt.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen credits the effort among the Lakers' reserves.

--The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones details Tyreke Evans' ejection.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford argued the game was "largely uneventuful" aside from Farmar's injury.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan notes that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is already working the officials for the playoffs, accusing them of making favorable calls for Oklahoma forward Kevin Durant.

--The Times' Baxter Holmes explains why Lakers guard Shannon Brown still remains adamant about dunking despite nursing a sprained right thumb.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr documents all the varied reactions regarding D.J. Mbenga's and Ron Artest's decision to bleach their hair.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen highlights the Lakers' 2010-20011 pre-season schedule.

--The Daily News' Teaford updates Andrew Bynum's progress on his strained left Achilles' tendon.

Columns

--The Orange County Register's Ding predicts the Lakers will sweep the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin wonders how the Lakers' bench will do in the postseason.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky provide a detailed breakdown of the Lakers' victory and post-game video.

--LakersNation's Stan Park argues the team is stumbling into the playoffs.

--Silver Screen and Roll argues the Kings made the Lakers look good.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell examines the bench's effort as well as Pau Gasol's consistency.

More Lakers links

--ESPN Los Angeles' Steve Springer reports the Lakers plan to unveil a statue of former announcer Chick Hearn before Game 2 of the team's first-round playoff series next week

--It may be going out on a limb here. But judging by the fact that The Oklahoman has a "Let's go Thunder" chant by its news logo, my hunch is the newspaper is rooting for Oklahoma City to beat the Lakers.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry has a detailed preview of the first-round matchup.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix brings some clarity to the NBA playoff picture.

Tweet of the Day: "Beckham jersey hanging in Kobe locker signed "Honor to watch u my man" DB" -- Duran LA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran).

Reader Comment of the Day: "It was a good chance to play in rhythm, something the Lakers haven't been able to do in weeks. It was a chance for bench players to burn some extended minutes, a luxury the Lakers haven't had for weeks." -- Rick Friedman

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers center Pau Gasol, top, releases a hook shot over Sacramento center Jason Thompson during the first quarter of Tuesday's game. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times.


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