Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 121-116 loss to Phoenix
Note: The Lakers aren't practicing today since they're beginning a three-game trip this week starting Tuesday at Milwaukee. So there will be a chat at 5:30 p.m. Bring your questions and concerns to the chat while we all enjoy Monday Night Football.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan dissects the Lakers' struggles in their 121-116 loss Sunday to Phoenix in stopping the Suns' hot three-point shooting.
--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro notices how the Suns' three-point shooting against the Lakers last season proved much different than in their record-setting victory Sunday night.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding examines what he calls the Lakers' "cavalier approach."
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen notices that the Lakers credited the Suns' hot shooting more than their own defensive lapses.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford also focuses on Phoenix's three-point shooting.
--The Times' Bresnahan details the Lakers' frustration with the NBA's new technical foul rule.
--The Orange County Register's Ding analyzes Ron Artest's defense so far this season.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen details the Lakers' struggles with getting the ball inside against Denver.
--The Daily News' Teaford reports that Lakers center Andrew Bynum will travel with the team on its three-game trip, but will most likely begin practicing next week.
--The Times' Mark Heisler examines the Suns' personnel and explains why Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry believes his team's hot shooting against the Lakers means very little.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande's believes Phoenix's strategy in shooting from long range won't always work.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne notices the Lakers' appreciation for Matt Barnes.
--The Times' Broderick Turner details Lamar Odom's right foot injury and his frustration with his technical foul.
--The Times' Jerry Crowe catches up with former Lakers center Elmore Smith, who holds the NBA record for most blocks in a game (17).
--CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports Kobe Bryant's message to owners regarding the upcoming collective bargaining agreement.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin presents the Lakers' perspective on Odom's technical foul.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz examines some of the teams the Lakers may need to worry about in the West.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to the Suns.
--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin lists 10 nuggets about the game.
--NBA.com's Sekou Smith provides some big-picture perspective on the Lakers' recent struggles.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore remains concerned about the Lakers' defense.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano believes the Lakers' problems against the Suns were a little bit of an anomaly and a microcosm of the season.
--Lakers Nation's Gary Lee provides highlights of the game.
--Valley of the Sun's Mike Schmitz breaks down three keys to Phoenix's victory.
Tweet of the Day:"Divorce must be tough. David Arquette-Cox just walked in Lakers game with a purple robe, purple gold afro wig, sequined bell bottom pants ... Arquette must be doing something. Purple robe with #8 and ARQUETTE on back, and that new foam finger with fist, cheering like a fool" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)
Reader Comment of the Day:"The Lakers have now been exposed by two different style teams. First it was the interior defense, now is the perimeter defense. Common denominator: Defense. Phoenix is built to win or lose by the three point shot. Last night they were on fire, and yet it was still a winnable game for the Lakers. Nash, Richardson, Hedo, Fry, and Hill are all good 3 point shooters. It appeared that the Lakers thought that they wouldn't continue the hot shooting and played the percentages. More concerning for me was the way Childress was allowed to get offensive boards and the 18 turnovers, some at critical points of the game. Lamar's technical was weak! Kobe is being Kobe, nice game but not really killer instinct on this one. Other teams are taking notes, but the Lakers will be a different team in a month or so and will continue to evolve. There will be nights like this one. It's a long regular season. I wonder if Blake would have been guarding Nash if he was available. Oh well, we can only speculate." -- Laker J
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant flies through the air for a dunk during the Lakers' 121-116 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on Sunday. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times.