Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 117-89 victory over Golden State Warriors
[The Times is reporting that a 2-year-old boy died after falling from a Staples Center luxury suite after Sunday night's Lakers-Warriors game.
The news puts the difference in importance between life-and-death matters and a game in perspective, and we'll keep you updated as the story develops.]
Updated, 12:09 p.m.: The Times' is reporting "the parents of a 2-year-old who died after plunging 50 feet from a Staples Center luxury suite had been taking photos of the boy just before he fell, according to the Los Angeles Police Department."
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on Pau Gasol's perfect stat line in the Lakers' 117-89 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr argues that Sunday's game would've been a good time for fans to leave early.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen highlights Gasol's perfect night.
--The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons sees the Warriors' loss as the latest example showing they have a long way to go before they can emulate the Lakers.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers completely overwhelmed Golden State.
--The Oakland Tribune's Marcus Thomspon II believes the Warriors desperately need a win tonight against Denver after their devastating loss to the Lakers.
--The Times' Bresnahan explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson still has fond memories of Vladimir Radmanovic.
--The Orange County Register's Carr reports Jackson's belief that the Lakers "will have something settled this week" in acquiring a backup center.
--NBA.com's Bryan Chu details a few notes from the Lakers' win.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen notices that Lamar Odom arrived late to the game because of the traffic surrounding the American Music Awards and the L.A. Auto Show.
--The Daily Breeze's Teaford highlights Jackson's contention that he wants to find ways to give Sasha Vujacic more playing time.
--The Times' Broderick Turner reports that Jackson had nothing to complain about after the win.
--The San Francisco Chronicle's Simmons details Stephen Curry's evolution as a player.
--The Pioneer Press' Charley Walters details the trash talking between Ron Artest and Michael Beasley.
--The Times' Mark Heisler details how the Warriors' new ownership has affected the organization.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande credits the Lakers for not taking anyone for granted.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin attempts to figure out what motivates Kobe Bryant.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues Gasol's play against Golden State epitomized his worthiness to be considered for league MVP.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory.
--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin breaks down 10 nuggets from the game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore wants to see Lakers play tougher opponents.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues the Lakers' joy has been key in their early-season success.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Zephid wonders where a fourth quarter was necessary.
Tweet of the Day: "Ex-Laker Vlad Radmanovic growing on Staples crowd. Instead of booing him during intros, they know ignore him" -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)
Reader Comment of the Day: "With all this hooplah that "we are great", I do hope we can say a prayer or extend a word of condolence to the parents of the 2 year old boy who died at the game due to freak accident. We can't bring back time and preserve the boy's life, our sincere prayer in the blog will be sort of a community prayer for the repose of his soul. (i.e. if soul really exist.) I guess that's this is the only way of universal communication to effectively reach them as we share our sentiments as fellow Laker fans." -- Edwin Gueco
-- Mark Medina
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