Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 99-94 victory over Minnesota Timberwolves
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan looks at the Lakers' mail-in performance in their 99-94 victory Tuesday over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on how the Lakers managed to win despite not playing at their best.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen observes the Lakers have played down to their competitions plenty of times in past seasons.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford details how the Lakers barely stayed undefeated.
--The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda reports Timberwolves Coach Kurt Rambis had Magic Johnson spoke with his team before the game.
--The Times' Bresnahan talks to Magic Johnson about his thoughts on the Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Ding focuses on how the uncertainty regarding Phil Jackson's coaching future led Kurt Rambis' to take the coaching spot at Minnesota .
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen also focuses on how Coach Phil Jackson asked the Lakers' front office directly whether they'd have a succession place in his place. Because of the uncertainty, he suggested that Rambis take the coaching position.
--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus breaks down the Lakers' win.
--The Times' Broderick Turner explains how the Lakers plan to bounce back from a poor performance.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports the Lakers will unveil a statue honoring Hall of Fame guard Jerry West outside of Staples Center during this season's NBA All-Star weekend. McMenamin also mentions Magic Johnson's contention that a new ownership opportunity isn't imminent.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne explains why Lakers guard Derek Fisher is upset with the loss.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explains how the Lakers dodged a bullet.
--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore remains baffled about Kevin Love's lack of playing time.
--ESPN.com's John Hollinger explains why he ranked the Miami Heat over the Lakers (insider subscription required).
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton highlights Odom's early-season success.
--The Orange County Register's Ding documents Ron Artest's thoughts on the game.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over Minnesota.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell fills you in on everything that happened in the game with his running diary.
--The post by Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark wins headline of the day: "Lakers kidnapped, replaced by cardboard cutouts. Wolves still lose."
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore breaks down the Lakers' offense for SB Nation.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano puts in a much more solid effort in recapping the game than the Lakers did in playing it.
Tweet of the Day: "Reporter asked Kobe about "Killer B's of Barnes, Blake, Brown" answered '"sounds like a law firm."' Kobe about being the other "B" on team "dont group me in that! My "B" stands for '"Black Mamba"' -- BetoDuran (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Not exactly chopped liver, and particularly on the offensive boards. Fair point. But the Wolves are not headed to the NBA Finals or anywhere else that really matters. The Lakers must fight hard not to play DOWN to the level of competition like this. It just seems like a waste for the fans as well as for the team." -- Rick Friedman
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant waits to be introduced prior to Tuesday's 99-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times