Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 92-86 Game 5 loss to Boston
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers were outmuscled, outhustled and outperformed by the Celtics in L.A.'s 92-86 Game 5 loss to Boston on Sunday.--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow credits the Celtics' teamwork.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes that the Lakers' title hopes are slipping.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins highlights how Kobe Bryant's big night contrasted with the poor efforts from the other Lakers.--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford illustrates how the Lakers were no match for the Celtics.
Notebooks--The Daily News' Teaford reports that Jordan Farmar's days with the Lakers could be numbered. Teaford also looks at Lamar Odom's bad night.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Calkins details Andrew Bynum's struggling night.
--The Times' Bresnahan notes how the Lakers' frontline did very little in Game 5.--The Times' Lisa Dillman looks at how Celtics forward Kevin Garnett outmatched Lakers forward Pau Gasol.
--The Times' Broderick Turner looks at how Lakers forward Ron Artest folded in the clutch.
--The Times' Baxter Holmes dissects Paul Pierce's strong performance.
--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg highlights how the Celtics managed to hone down defensively, despite Bryant's big scoring night.--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton looks at why Artest struggled.
--The Lakers' poor performance reminds The Times' Bill Plaschke of how the team played in the 2008 NBA Finals.
--The Times' T.J. Simers calls Bryant a ball hog.
--The Times' Mark Heisler blames the Lakers' loss on effort.--Former Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy argues in The Times that defense made the difference in Game 5.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande wants more from Bryant's supporting cast.
--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore says Bryant can't win a game on his own.Bonsignore also notes that Bryant is still keeping his composure.
--The Orange County Register's Ding argues that it shouldn't be surprising Gasol choked in a pressure-filled game.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues that Odom and Artest are hurting the Lakers more than they are helping the team.
--ESPN Boston's Peter May likes Pierce's performance.--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin criticizes the Lakers' defense.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller expresses astonishment at how poorly the Lakers played.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Patton criticizes Bryant's teammates for not helping him out.
--ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan chalks up the Celtics' win to teamwork.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues that the Lakers needed to help Bryant.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky detail how the Lakers imploded.
Tweet of the Day: "What was thrown at Lamar in the fourth quarter? Said Odom: "Looked like a vodka bottle." He could probably use one right now." -- Matt_Calkins (Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins)
Best comment on who is the greatest Laker of all time: "I get what Kobe is saying. Magic beats the 80s Celtics. West couldn't beat the 60s Celtics. 80s and 60s are two different teams even if they wear the same uniforms. -- Tim-4-Show
Reader Comment of the Day: "Is anyone on this Laker team showing even the remotest quality of 'rising to the occasion'? As Kobe said in his post game interview, 'offense comes and goes' but the defensive effort of this team is woeful. Granted the Lakers aren't scoring in the 100's but they should be holding this team in the 80's easily. Again as Kobe said, it was layup after layup after layup after layup. 90% of defense is effort" -- You Ever Notice
-- Mark Medina
E-mail the Lakers blog at email@example.com
Photo: Boston power forward Kevin Garnett elevates a little higher than Lakers power forward Pau Gasol to knock away a pass and create a turnover in Game 5 on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times