Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 5 of Lakers-Thunder series
Lakers and Thunder links
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why many of the Lakers deem Game 5 to be a "must-win game."
---Former Laker Ron Harper doesn't bite his tongue when speaking to The Times' Broderick Turner, individually calling out Lamar Odom, Ron Artest and Jordan Farmar for their play thus far against OKC.
--It's been long known Jerry West's silhouette serves as the NBA logo, but The Times' Jerry Crowe gets confirmation from the designer himself, even if the league refuses to acknowledge it.--Oklahoma City guard Kevin Ollie tells The Oklahoman's Mike Baldwin that Kobe Bryant is still an elite player.
--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore details Bryant's progress on his right index finger.
--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper explains why the Lakers aren't worried, at least yet.--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers' lack fearlessness. --ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky explains why last season's Lakers-Rockets seven-game series shouldn't be compared to the Lakers-OKC series.
--Lakers broadcaster Stu Lantz writes in Fox Sports that Oklahoma City has the Lakers' attention.
--The Riverside Press Enterprises's David Lassen believes the Lakers are in a Catch-22 in wanting to get back on defense, but also wanting to improve in offensive rebounding. Nonetheless, Lassen presents evidence that the Lakers suggests should be fine.
--Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby highlights perhaps the world's biggest and awkwardest Kobe fan.
--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down what's plaguing the Lakers.--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry argues OKC is in a must-win situation tonight in L.A.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin observes that the Lakers have a stronger sense of urgency heading into Game 5.The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel highlights James Harden's growth in the series.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details how the Lakers want to look ahead to Game 5 instead of reflecting on Game 4.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has the latest from Monday's practice.--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker has 10 reasons why the Lakers are in trouble. --The Orange County Register's Whicker highlights the development of OKC guard and former UCLA standout Russell Westbrook.
--The Daily Thunder examines the Thunder's chances of winning Game 5.
--Forum Blue and Gold provides some historical context in explaining why it's not the end of the world for the Lakers.
Tweet of the Day:"Note to @Lakers fans: a 2-2 series tie does not constitute a team's collective backs being up against the wall ... save your panic until later" -- MEavesFSWest (Fox Sports West's Michael Eaves).
Reader Comment of the Day: "The predicament that this laker team is in did not manifest over night. The distraction and drama started off season with: losing Trevor; long drawn out re-signing of Lamar and his marriage to Kloe; signing of Artest and the side show that followed with concussion and TV appearances; Kobe not taking care of this health issues in timely fashion, being headstrong in defying nature; lastly, the injuries causing the revolving door affect with players constantly in and out the line up. All of these have taken a toll on this laker team and I am not surprised by the results. Winning a title is not like turning on a faucet but it takes discipline, FOCUS, team chemistry and a little bit of luck. Laker are MIA in all of these categories." -- lakerfan
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Photo: Jordan Farmar and his Lakers teammates have had a tough time slowing down Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook in their first-round playoff series. Credit: Alonzo Adams / Associated Press.