Caught in the Web: Dissecting the Lakers' 91-88 loss to Portland Trail Blazers
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the poorly executed sequences that defined the Lakers' 91-88 loss Sunday to the Portland Trail Blazers.
--NBA.com's Bryan Chu notes that Portland would like to face the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes that the Lakers are increasingly worried about their play.
--The Oregonian's Joe Freeman highlights what Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby calls the team's "weird and wacky" victory.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen details the Lakers' missed free throws down the stretch.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford says the Lakers put together a clinic on how to lose a game in the final minute.
--The Times' Bresnahan details Ron Artest's struggling performance against Portland.--The Register's Janis Carr reports that Lakers guard Jordan Farmar and his fiancee are expecting a child.
--The Orange County Register's Ding reports center Andrew Bynum doesn't plan on practicing today. Nor does he plan to play Tuesday against Sacramento or Wednesday against the Clippers.
--The Daily News' Teaford notes that Lakers guard Derek Fisher didn't take the news kindly when he was told Portland wants to play the Lakers in the playoffs.
--The Times' Mark Heisler provides some perspective on the current state of the Lakers.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande wonders if the Lakers are playoff ready.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi doubts the Lakers' chances to repeat.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues that Lakers forward Pau Gasol is the only player on the team performing at playoff-caliber level.--The Register's Jeff Miller argues that the Lakers' displayed tremendous arrogance during the loss to Portland.
--The Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues that the game's final play made it obvious that the Lakers preferred conserving energy to forcing overtime.
Blogs--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down the maddening final moments of the Lakers' loss.
--Forum Blue and Gold mostly gives the Trail Blazers credit for the win.--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus has a detailed blog highlighting the key trends of the game.
--The headline at Silver Screen and Roll says it all: "The Lakers are inventing bizarre new ways to lose."--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a complete rundown of what he calls a "dramatic, or strange ending" to the Lakers' loss.
More Lakers links
--The Times' Jerry Crowe recounts how the Minneapolis Lakers averted disaster 50 years ago during a team flight.
--Lakers Nation's Daniel Buerge compares Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
--Fox Sports' Randy Hill explains why the Orlando Magic would benefit with home-court advantage if they met the Lakers in the NBA Finals.--ESPN's Marc Stein hands out his season awards.
Tweet of the Day: "That's a tough loss for the Lakers and a HUGE win for Portland. Even if the Blazers finish 8th, it's a mega dose of confidence." ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated's NBA reporter Chris Mannix)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Can't think of one positive thing to say after that loss. The playoffs start in one week and the Lakers don't look very sharp at the moment." -- bronxlakerfan
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant stumbles as he tries to drive around Blazers point guard Andre Miller in the second quarter Sunday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times