Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 111-87 Game 5 victory over Oklahoma City
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan illustrates the stark contrast between the Lakers' performance in Game 4 to their 111-87 Game 5 victory over Oklahoma City.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that the Lakers are in control of the series.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen argues that the Lakers secured the victory because of a sustained effort.
--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry details how Kobe Bryant's defense limited the Thunder.--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details how the Lakers averted crisis.
--The Times' Bresnahan details Lamar Odom's aggressive first half as well as Bryant's popularity in jersey sales.
--The Times' Broderick Turner writes that Andrew Bynum responded to the call on defense after the Lakers' coaching staff threatened to bench him if he didn't get back on D quickly enough.
--The Times' Turner argues it's way too early to compare Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.--The Daily News' Teaford explains why Jackson doesn't want Lakers forward Ron Artest to shoot three-pointers from the corner.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Derek Fisher's willingness for Bryant to guard Westbrook as well as his displeasure that Bryant suggested the Lakers could get eliminated.
--Carr also provides a medical update on Lakers guard Shannon Brown.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen argues that the Lakers' schedule (Game 6 on Friday, possible Game 7 on Sunday) could benefit them.
--The Times' Bill Plaschke observes the Lakers' improved effort in Game 5.
--The Times' T.J. Simers highlights Artest's turnaround performance.
--The Times' Mark Heisler credits Bryant's willingness to guard Westbrook, despite his numerous injuries.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande wonders why it took so long for the Lakers to show up.
--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick loves the orchestra Bryant conducted.--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues Phil Jackson's light-hearted demeanor prior to Game 5 helped calm the team's nerves.
--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper argues the Lakers are back in championship form.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding observes how Bryant's parents watched proudly from the stands.--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins details how inconsistency defines the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi details Kevin Durant's contention that Bryant still dominates the game.--AOL Fanhouse's Jay Mariotti argues the Lakers actually have no shot to win the title if Bryant doesn't shoot more.
--Some may call it mind-boggling. Some may call it frustrating. And some may call it annoying. But ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers' unpredictable nature makes them fun to watch.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton details how Bryant left an imprint on the game.
Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears argues that Bryant's contributions often go unappreciated.--The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel notices the Lakers suddenly waking up.
--The Washington Post's Michael Wilbon says the Lakers established a blueprint on how to play the rest of the postseason.
--The Daily Thunder contends the Thunder better understand its horrible performance against Game 5 is really just one loss, and OKC needs to forget about it if it wants to stave off elimination.--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky tells Lakers fans to start breathing again, and explains why with a game breakdown and video interviews.
--This is exactly the performance Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wanted out of the Lakers.--ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin details how Bryant's defense set the tone for the rest of the team.
--Silver Screen and Roll DexterFishmore notices Lakerdom's mood changes after the dominating Game 5 victory.--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the team's dominance.
Tweet of the Day: "Real problem is getting stops and forcing jump shots. Thunder can't win if all LA's shots come in the paint. Keeps the running game in check" -- ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix).
Reader Comment of the Day: "That was beautiful last night! That was what we've been waiting for, the Championship caliber team, the Championship Heart and Intensity! I hope the rest of the playoffs contenders were watching, watch out bec. the REAL Champs are baaaaaaaack!" -- J24
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom blocks a shot by Oklahoma City guard James Harden in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.