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Caught in the Web: Lakers preparing for game against San Antonio

April 4, 2010 |  9:06 am

Pau Gasol #4

Practice reports

--The Times' Broderick Turner details how the Lakers' upcoming matchups with San Antonio, Portland and Denver should prepare the team for the playoffs. Turner also provides medical updates on Luke Walton and Andrew Bynum.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore explains why the Lakers consider their vistory Friday over the Utah Jazz as merely a stepping stone.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr adds one of that reasons includes the Lakers' want to establish momentum before the postseason.

--ESPN Los ANgeles' Andy Kamenetzky recaps Saturday's practice along with video.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen explores where Kobe Bryant ranks among the all-time Laker greats.

More Lakers links

--The Times' T.J. Simers argues that for all of Kobe Bryant's accomplishments on the basketball court, that doesn't overshadow his guarded and cold persona.

--The Deseret News' Tim Buckley provides good evidence on why the Utah Jazz worry a lot about Lamar Odom.

--The San Antonio Express-News Jeff McDonald makes one thing pretty clear: the Spurs don't want to face the Lakers in the first round of the postseason.

--After watching the Lakers' 106-92 victory Friday over the Utah Jazz, Fox Sports' Charley Rosen believes Utah has no shot at beating the Lakers in the playoffs.

--Silver Screen and Roll takes a look ahead at the Lakers' upcoming schedule.

--Lakers Nation's Ramneet Singh explores the differences between how the Lakers perform at home and on the road.

--Yahoo! Sports has the latest on the NBA playoff picture.

Tweet of the Day:" The Lakers clinched the Pacific Division Championship. Something tells me no one in the locker room will be wearing those shirts and hats" -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' columnist Arash Markazi).

Reader Comment of the Day:"Indeed, the decision of Kobe to play in the next summer games is just ill advised. He exposes his body to a danger zone as well as the team. He should take care of that body first and honor his huge contract. We are not classified haters of Kobe but we are after his own good by treating this as business on a long range project not just for short run praises from basketball fans in the world." -- Edwin Gueco.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Pau Gasol of the Lakers and Tim Duncan of the Spurs get ready to fight for position on a free throw during the a regular season game earlier this year. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times.