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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 121-96 victory over Portland Trail Blazers

November 8, 2010 | 10:30 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers went on cruise control in their 121-96 victory Sunday over the Portland Trail Blazers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on Pau Gasol's fourth career triple double.

--The Oregonian's Joe Freeman observes Portland's no showing against L.A.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen mentions a Spanish television crew last week documented Gasol's play, but missed out on his triple-double performance.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford showcases the Lakers' dominance.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan highlights the possibility Lakers rookies Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter will be sent down to the D-League.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains how Lamar Odom celebrated his 31st birthday.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen shares how Lakers guard Steve Blake spilled some secrets about Portland, his former team, when the coaching staff put together its scouting report.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson doesn't want his team to pursue shattering the 72-win regular-season record, set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner credits Ron Artest's defense on Brandon Roy.

--True Hoop's Mike Lynch breaks down a few numbers from Gasol's performance.

--Forget McDonald's six-piece nuggets. ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin provides 10 of his own nuggets on the Lakers-Blazers game. He also explains why the Lakers have little reaction to their 7-0 start.

--The Oregonian's Jason Quick details Roy's struggles.

--NBA.com's John Schuhmann wonders how long the Lakers can sustain this excellence.

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein remains impressed with the Lakers' strong start.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler argues it's unrealistic for the Lakers to surpass 72 wins.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande tackles the same question about whether the Lakers can get to that 72-win mark.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne credits the Lakers' team chemistry.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues Pau Gasol could become the league MVP.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues the Lakers-Blazers series will be a good playoff matchup assuming the two teams are healthy come postseason time.

Blogs

--CBSSports.com's "The Game Changer" point to the Lakers' chemistry as making the difference.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky features post-game video.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell recaps the Lakers' victory in his running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore breaks down the Lakers' dominance.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano believes the Lakers' performance against Portland shows the potential they have this season.

Tweet of the Day: "My defensive is better than some all-stars offense. But tonight Brandon Roy was hurt. His knee and back ... But this season and in playoffs I want to TRy hold someone scoreless I use to do that in Indiana. 0 points 7 points Etc" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Yes, I did get to see last night's game. A true feast, to be sure. Gasol is more than capable of a triple double on any given night. I like that Ron and Barnes see themselves as a unit of stoppers. Blake blows me away. PJ will be challenged to find enough minutes for all the talent now assembled. What a start! Being back on the blog definitely accelerates my recovery. This is a remarkable family here." -- Rick Friedman

Photo: Lakers center Pau Gasol dunks during the second half of the Lakers' 121-96 victory Sunday over the Portland Trail Blazers. Credit: Francis Specker / Associated Press.


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