Caught in the Web: Lakers-Nuggets rivalry resumes
Lakers practice reports
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on the Lakers' race with Orlando for the league's second-best record, an injury update on Lakers forward Luke Walton and why Denver has recently struggled.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notices a positive vibe Wednesday during Lakers practice.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky supplements his practice report with video.--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen explores how the Lakers will try to develop during their remaining five regular-season games.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes Lakers Coach Phil Jackson still hopes his team wins 60 games, meaning the Lakers (55-22) will have to win all of their five remaining regular-season games.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell goes through all the nuts and bolts regarding Thursday night's Lakers-Nuggets game.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers are more excited about their matchup with the Nuggets.
More Lakers links
--The Times' Mark Heisler provides his humorous and insightful observations on how the Western Conference teams could fare in the postseason.
--If the playoffs started Thursday, the Lakers would face Oklahoma City, leading the Orange County Register's Carr to analyze which opponent the Lakers would want to face in the first round.
--Forum Blue and Gold explores how Kobe Bryant's three-year contract extension will affect the Lakers' future spending.--NBA.com's Shaun Powell explains why it's smart for Jackson to take a season-by-season approach regarding his coaching future.
--In the video below, Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen says the Lakers have lost their mojo. Where's Austin Powers when you need him?
--Fox Sports' Kalani Simpson has an interesting take on Jackson's coaching during the Lakers' current struggles: "If this team doesn’t win the title, it’s his worst coaching job. If they finally put it all together, it’s his best."--Slam Online's Nima Zarrabi has an interesting Q&A with Lakers guard Jordan Farmar on topics including his role, the team's current play and his future with the Lakers.
Tweet of the Day: "Will Denver be emotionally spent tomorrow after pulling that one out in OKC or invigorated for the Lakers game? I'm going w/ the latter." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' NBA reporter Dave McMenamin)
Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm listening to the line of questioning to Derek Fisher right now and what is amazing is how there is SO MUCH doubt being pressed to a team with the second best record in the NBA. It is a little odd. I understand the questioning, but not necessarily the single-mindedness of it. It must be a bit odd when a team has nothing short of a Championship as the ONLY goal to qualify success." -- Jon K.
Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest, who harassed Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony into a seven-for-19 shooting performance, slaps the ball away on a drive in the fourth quarter Sunday. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times.