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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 99-94 victory over Minnesota Timberwolves

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Game stories

--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.

Notebooks

--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 Daily Breeze's Teaford focuses on Lamar Odom's issues with the IRS.

Sidebars

--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.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler muses about this being Minnesota's best game of the year.

--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.

Blogs

--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

 
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Congrats to Friedman for winning the Friedman. Comment was shades and echoes of my Game Day Prayer yesterday.

CONGRATS BFF on your 2nd Friedman Award since your return!! What a great way to come back - in style and ready for anything!

@OTIS… “Uh oh - Bynum - name starts with a B - he's destined for the bench. Sorry Tom, it's pure kismet.” LOL, Otis. What about the 5th Lakers player whose name starts with B? He’s the one who is really the biggest Killer B for sure. Lakers are only team that can actually field a lineup of 5 Killer B’s.
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TOM

LakerTom - I think a lineup of Bryant, Bynum, Blake, Barnes & Brown would be veeerrrrrryyyyyyy interesting.Although Socks may have trouble keeping up the speed... Still - I might like to see how that looks!

So who is the MVP of the Lakers right now? Gasol or LO?

--FEARless

Justa - The all B lineup is good for about 60 wins minimum.

Rick Friedman winning the Rick Friedman Award? It's like saying the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Congrats (and well-earned)! Seems like you've come back stronger: no doubt Gary Vitti is to thank for that. You and Kobe. Here's to hoping Drew comes back half as strong as you two did.

Thanks, guys. The competition here is fierce. It's not like I have any laurels to rest on.

Rick Friedman - and laurels can be plenty uncomfortable when rested on as well. Serious twiggage in tender spots.

Why does anybody pay any attention to the Hollinger ratings? They have been amply demonstrated to have no predictive ability with respect to actual success in the NBA. I think last year, even late in the season he would have predicted the NBA Finals to be between Cleveland and Utah. So it's basically one man's fantasy league. Just sayin' ...

Gasol is MVP so far, who do you like Fearless

a win is a win, sometimes ugly is sweeter

tell me Blake and Barnes don't wake up in the morning and have someone pinch them just to make sure

I do, and I'm just an old fan

could someone throw miami another ball

If Milsap plays against Miami like this all the time, he'll have a street named after him in Cleveland

I enjoy Steve Blake boxing out the bigs, nobody tell this guy he's not 6'9" 260

Barnes seems to be doing AC Greenish type things/Cooper things
Brown seems to be doing occasional Byron Scott things
Blake seems to be doing his thing

pinch me

,

The best thing about Rick's comment is that you could replace 'timberwolves' with the name of any of the Lakers opponents and it pretty much sums up every one of FCM's articles, Rick's comments, and most complaints about the team for all of the last two + seasons.

LO is the MVP so far, his play has truly made the difference in the first six games, the struggle for the Lakers in the last 2 games can be directly traced to the lack of production by LO.

Sometimes, the MVP isn't the player making the best stats on a team (Gasol), but on whom the smoothness of the team's successes most directly hinges (LO).

LO just makes everything easier.

On the other hand, Gasol is a beast...

I still pick LO, but that can change.

--FEARless

@phred - I don't know if it's a compliment or not, but good observation

@Rick - They don't call this award in your name for nothing!

So, if you have Bryant, Bynum, Blake, Barnes and Brown on the floor, it's not the "Killer B's" anymore, it is now called the Voltes B....


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