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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 87-86 victory over Clippers

December 9, 2010 | 10:44 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Lisa Dillman highlights Derek Fisher's buzzer beater in the Lakers' 87-86 victory Wednesday over the Clippers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding also focuses on Fisher's shot.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen chalks up the Lakers' win to their ability to close out games.

Notebooks

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports Mitch Kupchak doesn't see any backup center that interests him.

--The Daily Breeze's Frank Burlison highlights Vinny Del Negro's praises for Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen details Phil Jackson's high praise for Griffin.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner reports Lakers center Andrew Bynum still plans to return Dec. 14 against Washington.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr provides color from Ron Artest's party at L.A. Live's the Conga Room, an event that's part of his campaign to raise money for mental health awareness.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe details a few mistakes Griffin made.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler talks to several Lakers who believe Clippers forward Blake Griffin should win NBA Rookie of the Year honors.

--The Orange County Register's Ding credits Fisher for making a speech to the team afterwards.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notices Kobe Bryant feeling frustrated he didn't get to make the game-winning play.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues Griffin will become L.A.'s main basketball attraction after Bryant retires.

--ESPN.com's Rick Reilly spends an eventful day with Ron Artest. Artest also explains in the video below why he's horrible with directions.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen details how Griffin is making the most out of a losing Clippers season.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues a city rivalry between the Lakers and Clippers is brewing.

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski argues the Lakers gave Griffin an initiation.

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine presents some interesting artwork depicting Bryant.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer has fallen in love with the Clippers in a weird sort of way.

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

--Clips Nation's Steve Perrin analyzes what he considered to be a weird stat of the game.

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore loves Fisher's intangibles.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano details Fisher's game-winning play.

--Lakers Nation's Gary Lee recounts his experience covering a Lakers practice.

Tweet of the Day: "Watched end of LAL-LAC again. As Fisher drives, Kobe's body language is so "the ol' geezer has lost his mind." -- ESPNLandoLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)

Reader Comment of the Day: "1. The Lakers are awesome! 2. Derek Fisher is the man! 3. The Clippers play hard, but are young, inexperienced and lack hardnosed, winning-mentality veteran leadership 4. We need Andrew Bynum back pronto. 5. The Lakers front office needs to start jockeying for position to sign Blake Griffin NOW! We need to have that kid in purple and gold in a few years." -- Jon K.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant slam dunks during the Lakers' 87-86 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA


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