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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 95-92 loss to Indiana

November 29, 2010 | 10:34 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on how fatigue overwhelmed the Lakers in their 95-92 loss Sunday to the Indiana Pacers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at how L.A.'s rally fizzled.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen highlights the Lakers' poor effort.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford notices that L.A. couldn't keep pace with Indiana.

--The Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells explains what the Pacers' upset over the Lakers means for them.

Notebooks

--The Orange County Register's Ding details Phil Jackson's quandary in managing the Lakers' front-line minutes.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen explains that Jackson's sole concern about the Lakers' play thus far entails the heavy minutes for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford looks at Gasol's heavy minutes.

--The Indianapolis Star's Wells reports Ron Artest's contention that he received a generally warm response when he returned to Indiana this summer.

Sidebars

--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Jackson's frustration with Andrew Bynum's delayed timetable.

--The Times' Broderick Turner focuses on Artest's decreased role with the Lakers this season.

--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports that Heat players are frustrated with Coach Erik Spoelstra, confirming Jackson's prediction last week that the team would turn on him.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen details Shannon Brown's work ethic.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains Jackson's latest frustration with  center Bynum. He also explains why Jackson wanted Artest to call a timeout on the last play. 

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler reports Jackson wants the Lakers to add Jake Voskuhl and play him for 10 minutes a game, but the Lakers don't want to his $35,000 per week salary and an additional $35,000 in luxury taxes.

--The Orange County Register's Ding says Bynum needs to return earlier to earn back the Lakers' trust.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker reasons that the Lakers lost Sunday because they put too much of the burden on Kobe Bryant.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz contends that the Lakers' past two losses are revealing the team's flaws.

Blogs

--Artest's brother, Daniel, begins a weekly column for the No-Look Pass. This should be interesting.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer remains impressed with the Pacers.

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

--NBA.com debates Bryant's greatness.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell dissects the game in a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore laments the Lakers' lack of effort.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano was pretty amazed the Lakers were actually capable of winning against Indiana despite the horrific play and effort.

--Lakers Nation's Daniel Buerge argues that the Lakers looked lethargic.

--Indy Cornrows' Tom Lewis says the Pacers won because of team effort.

Tweet of the Day: "I'm done watching this game." -- DMArtest (Daniel Artest, Ron Artest's brother).

Reader Comment of the Day: "I wasn't very happy with the focus with the team last night. Everyone except Kobe seemed like they were sleepwalking, expecting things to happen instead of making things happen. While last night's game means nothing in the big picture, the Lakers need to snap out of it. Because every team in the NBA would have beaten the Lakers the way they played as a team last night. Another thing that I noticed is that Kobe's will isn't enough anymore. It's not about Kobe anymore. It's about the whole team especially Pau Gasol, who played a terrible game last night in my opinion. " -- Rocky

-- Mark Medina

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E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant takes the final shot of the game against Indiana as time expires Sunday. The three-pointer fell short, giving Indiana a 95-92 victory on Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times


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