Caught in the Web: Lakers take day off before preparing for Miami Heat
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers' loss to Milwaukee doesn't help the defending champs' preparation for its Christmas day game against Miami.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr insists that the Heat will beat the Lakers.
--A panel of ESPN.com writers offer their predictions for the Lakers-Heat game.
--The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman says the Heat's matchup with the Lakers will serve as a statement game.
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin believes it's very unlikely Dwight Howard would go to the Lakers.
--ESPN.com's John Hollinger compares Kobe Bryant and LeBron James (insider subscription required).
--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Dave Hyde breaks down the myths surrounding Miami.
--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins argues Kobe Bryant has the upper hand over LeBron James.
--Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence predicts that the Lakers and Heat won't meet up in the NBA Finals.
--The Sun-Sentinel's Shandel Richardson notices how the Lakers aren't making a big deal about their game against the Heat.
Artest spends five minutes in the video below with "PTI's" Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.
--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson drops the Lakers to No. 4.
--The Sun-Sentinel's Sarah Talalay reports LeBron James will also be making a Nike shoe debut on Christmas day.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford explains why Artest doesn't consider the Heat to be a rival.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down a few facts and numbers involving the Lakers-Heat game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark debates whether the Lakers' defeat to Milwaukee was their worst loss ever.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Michael Crowder examines Pau Gasol's role.
--Laker Nation's Gary Lee counts the best Lakers' Christmas moments.
--Peninsula is Mightier's David Dwork breaks down what Mike Miller's return means for the Heat.
Tweet of the Day: "DisneyWorld vs. Disneyland feud could go DefCon1: Sources say DHoward has eye on Lakers if Magic don't win a title in next 2 years." -- RicBucher (ESPN's Ric Bucher).
Reader Comment of the Day: "Not in Panic Mode yet, ha, ha. I remember in the first game of some Playoff series's where the Lakers got smacked in game 1 and went on to win the Championship. Am I concerned, well, somewhat. We'll see more Saturday." -- D(erek)J(eter)
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Milwaukee guard John Salmons collides with Lakers center Pau Gasol during the second half of L.A.'s 98-79 loss Tuesday. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press