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Caught in the Web: Lakers' off-day filled with more reflections on the team's current play

April 26, 2010 |  9:35 am

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--With the Lakers having the day off Sunday, The Times' Mike Bresnahan provides a detailed list the Lakers will likely address in Monday's practice. Could be a long one.

--The Oklahoman's Mike Baldwin wonders whether Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant are on the same page.

--With the Lakers' first-round series tied 2-2 with Oklahoma City, The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Bryant's acknowledgement that the Thunder has the team's attention.

--The Times' Mark Heisler believes the Lakers are toast unless Bryant comes back to full form.

--LakerNoise's Roland Lazenby critiques the Lakers' fan base.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry lists 10 reasons why the Thunder is in charge of the series.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues the Lakers still have a chance to leave an imprint on the series.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers plan to get their mojo back.

--NBA Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson reports that Lakers guard Shannon Brown won't decide on his future until the season is over.

--ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin predicts the Lakers won't offer him much this offseason and doesn't believe Brown will have anything beyond a backup role.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a medical update on reserve center D.J. Mbenga.

--The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel notices a changed Ron Artest, and he wonders if it's for the better.

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman wonders whether players have tuned out Jackson

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav. A Das believes the Lakers need to remain calm during their current struggles.

Tweet of the Day:"Doesn't matter, Brown/Farmar can't stop Westbrook either. And Fish makes shots" -- ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix in response from @SportsfanPJ saying "Derek Fisher hinted at benching himself?"

Reader Comment of the Day: "Last year we needed a seven game series against Houston to "wake up" hopefully this year a six game series against the Thunder will be enough for us to "wake up." -- Jon K.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol looks to the bench after commiting a foul in the first half Saturday night at Oklahoma City. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


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