Caught in the Web: Lakers' 98-96 loss to Denver Nuggets feature plenty of storylines
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' 98-96 loss Thursday to the Denver Nuggets, and explains Kobe Bryant's decision to sit out the game.--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman highlights how Denver managed to take the No. 2 spot in the West, including Carmelo Anthony's fourth-quarter performance.
--NBA.com's Michael Kelly has more on Anthony's block.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford noted other NBA teams have rested their players with the playoffs approaching, including Cleveland's LeBron James and Phoenix's Steve Nash.
--The Times' Bresnahan reports Lakers center Andrew Bynum won't return until the playoffs. That means the Lakers will go at least four more games without having the big man inside.
--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights the contributions Lakers reserves Shannon Brown and Sasha Vujacic provided during the team's third-quarter comeback.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports Bryant doesn't expect to play against Minnesota.
--The Daily News' Teaford has more details on Bynum's injury.
--The Times' T.J. Simers notes the interesting dichotomy the Lakers face, weighing their decision to sit Bryant and Bynum versus wanting to sharpen up their play before the postseason begins.--The Orange County Register's Ding argues it was the right move for Bryant to rest against Denver.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why it will be hard simply for the Lakers to flip the switch come playoff time.
Blogs--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky looks at all that went wrong in the Lakers' final play.
--Forum Blue and Gold calls the game a "missed opportunity" for the Lakers.
--How bad was that final play? Silver Screen and Roll, in its headline, calls the play the "worst endgame offensive set in history."
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a running diary of the game.
--The Lakers Nation's Anna Gonda chalks up the Lakers' loss to poor three-point shooting.
More Lakers links--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports that Bryant plans to play this summer in the World Championships, although he won't have a definitive answer until the offseason.
--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin adds that decision would hinge on Bryant's health.
--Sports Illustrated's Paul Forrester breaks down what goes into defending on the perimeter, including details on what makes Lakers forward Ron Artest a good defender.
--NBA Fanhouse's Tom Ziller lists the top 50 free agents this summer, including Lakers guard Jordan Farmar.
Tweet of the Day:"I would absolutely watch an episide of "Intervention" with Sasha and unnecessary shots" -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los ANgeles' Andy Kamenetzky)
Reader Comment of the Day:"I'd rather have Kobe healthy and the bench ready for the playoffs than having home court advantage and have a fatigue,restless and worn out Kobe." -- appolo c. vermont
Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom, far right, takes a shot over Denver forward Nene, right, as Lakers center Pau Gasol, left center, and Nuggets center Johan Petro battle for position under the basket during Thursday's game. Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.