Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 118-112 loss to Denver Nuggets
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan documents the Lakers' defensive struggles in their 118-112 loss Thursday to the Denver Nuggets.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports Ron Artest managed to overcome a bruised left shin.
-- The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman credits the Nuggets' intensity and Carmelo Anthony's play.
-- The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford argues the Lakers' flaws finally caught up to them in their loss to Denver.
-- The Times' Bresnahan and Broderick Turner highlight Phil Jackson's contention (or motivational ploy) that the Miami Heat have a better chance of surpassing 72 wins than the Lakers do.
-- The Denver Post's Hochman updates Chris Anderson's progress on his right knee.
-- The Daily Breeze's Teaford provides a medical update on Theo Ratliff.
-- The Times' Turner details the Lakers' fourth-quarter demise.
-- The Times' Daniel Siegal suggests the five best L.A. bars to watch a Lakers game.
-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper explains Lamar Odom's willingness to play any role asked of him.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why the Lakers aren't concerned with Denver's loss.
-- Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson has some rankings Laker fans will like. The Lakers remain at No. 1 while the Miami Heat drop to No. 4.
-- AOL Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson talks to Lakers assistant Jim Cleamons, who also believes the Lakers won't break the regular-season mark of 72 wins. Jackson and Cleamons also believe the team can't reach 70, which would break the Lakers' 69-13 record set by the 1971-72 team.
-- Fox Sports' Billy Witz highlights the differing moods after the loss between Bryant (laid back) and Jackson (terse).
-- The Times' Bill Plaschke reports it's likely that the next statues in front of Staples Center will be of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Luc Robitaille.
-- The Orange County Register's Ding explains why Kobe Bryant's not sweating the Denver loss.
-- The Daily Breeze's Tom Hoffarth analyzes books from Jackson and Jeanie Buss.
-- NBA.com's Shaun Powell argues the Lakers can finish with 70 wins.
- The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey breaks down the final moments of the Nuggets' victory.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Denver.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky details Bryant's milestone in becoming the youngest player to reach 26,000 points.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell examines the ebb and flow of the Lakers' loss through a running diary.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore misses Lakers center Andrew Bynum.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett describes the Lakers' loss as ugly.
-- Denver Stiffs' Andrew Feinstein breaks down the Nuggets' victory.
Tweet of the Day: "No Lakers championship team ever started a season better than 8-0. Better company than the 11-0 Lakers in '97 that got swept in West Finals." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)
Reader Comment of the Day: " The entire team was "grounded" last night. Losing is a part of winning, simple as that. It's now up to the coaching staff to whip the team into shape and it's up to the team to execute the coaching staff's game plan. In other words: the team must do their job and they will. It's horrible to see your team lose especially to a team that you feel is "beatable" to begin with. Truth be told, we're having a very decent run since Andrew is out and eventually the team will have to pace itself in order to remain healthy and energetic come playoff time. Lets just hope that the team will be up for Miami; if there ever is a statement game, that will be it along with Boston, Orlando, N.O., San Ant & Utah." -- fmkt
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, center, puts up a shot as Denver guard Arron Afflalo, left, and forward Shelden Williams try to block him during the first quarter of the Lakers' 118-112 loss Thursday. Credit: Chris Schneider / Associated Press