Caught in the Web: Lakers' 100-81 loss to San Antonio Spurs prompts a few questions
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' inconsistency in their 100-81 loss Sunday to the San Antonio Spurs.--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding wonders if the Lakers are playoff-ready.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen notes the Lakers lay an Easter egg, what with allowing Manu Ginobili to score 32 points, and the Lakers' 20 of 61 shooting. That included an eight of 24 clip from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.--The San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald focuses on Ginobili's effort.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford says the Lakers lost a big opportunity to make a statement win, as well as establish momentum.
--The Times' Bresnahan has an update on Shannon Brown's right thumb,
--The Times' Broderick Turner details the bench's continuous struggles in providing production.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen notes Tim Duncan's emergence against the Lakers.--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi reports that owner Jerry Buss has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes that Coach Phil Jackson criticized the officiating, meaning he'll likely be cutting a check to the league fairly soon.
--The Daily News' Teaford notes Luke Walton's return had a minimal affect on the game.
--The Times' Mark Heisler argues it's more worrisome regarding the Lakers' play because they're now actually trying.
--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin isn't a fan of how the Lakers have executed the triangle offense.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues that the Lakers will play better in the playoffs, but their track record so far indicates it'll be very hard to repeat.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky give a detailed breakdown of the game along with post-game video.--Forum Blue and Gold has a play-by-play breakdown of how the Spurs outplayed the Lakers in the fourth quarter.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the Lakers' lapses and San Antonio's impressive play. But that still doesn't mean Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich wants to face the Lakers in the playoffs.
--Silver Screen and Roll details the Lakers' inefficiency.
--48 Minutes of Hell credits Popovich for the win.
Tweet of the Day: "Here's my problem with Artest: He is one for seven from 3-point range and has been *lousy* from long distance recently but keeps hoisting." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan during the Lakers' 100-81 loss to the Spurs.)
Reader Comment of the Day:"Home court in the 2-3-2 format is even bigger than in the 2-2-1-1-1 format, but I am more worried about the Lakers even making back to the Finals. It doesn't feel like it right now. Getting Bynum back will help, but they really don't have a legitimate 3 point threat." -- OhioVic
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Photo: Spurs guard Keith Bogans and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant go to the floor in a fight over a loose ball in the first half Sunday. Credit: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press.