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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 96-80 loss to Miami Heat

December 26, 2010 | 10:20 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan documents the Lakers' frustration level in their 96-80 loss Christmas Day to the Miami Heat.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Dinglooks at Kobe Bryant's anger level. Ding also argues the result will help the Lakers' growth.

--The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman chalks up the Heat victory to LeBron James' triple double and good defense.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen calls the Lakers' loss a "bust."

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford focuses on Bryant's lashing out at teammates following the loss.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights the struggles among the Lakers' bench.

--NBA.com's Art Garcia details Bryant's frustration.

--The Miami Herald's Steven Herbert credits Miami's defense on Bryant.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger ranks Miami No. 1. in his latest power rankings.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears looks at Bryant's anger level.

--ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst looks at how Miami's Big Three are starting to fit.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on the contentiousness between Bryant and LeBron James.

--The Miami Herald's Goodman highlights James Jones' performance.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford provides a medical update on Andrew Bynum.

--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Winderman highlights Chris Bosh's improvement.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues the Lakers won't three-peat if they don't shape up.

--The Times' Mark Heisler argues the Lakers' problems go beyond matching up with the Heat.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande notes how the Lakers and Heat are crossing divergent paths.

--The Daily Breeze's Jon Gold believes the Lakers' effort against Miami shows they no longer can afford to coast through games.

--The Miami Herald's Israel Gutieerrez argues the Lakers-Heat game showed a passing of the torch.

--ESPN.com's Arash Markazi wonders if anyone besides Bryant is truly committed to winning a title.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton wonders if it's too early in the season for Bryant to be angry.

--Fox Sports Florida's Bill Reiter argues the Lakers and Heat have traded places

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne describes the Lakers as "cocky."

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein argues the Lakers are now exposed.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker wonders if it's time for the Lakers to worry.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz notices Bryant's patience is wearing thin.

--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock argues the Lakers are having a championship hangover.

Blogs

--ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz breaks down Miami's defense.

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

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 10 things to take away from what he calls "The Miami Meltdown."

--NBA.com's Sekou Smith argues the Lakers failed to rise to the occasion.

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

Tweet of the Day: "My bad L.A. Every lost my fault!! I owe yal" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore says in passing the Lakers shouldn't play on Christmas anymore with how poorly they play.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano laments ruining his Christmas by watching the Lakers play.

Reader Comment of the Day: "In a nutshell, PJ does not like to coach on Christmas. He made that perfectly clear in an interview earlier this week. And if your coach is not motivated, how could you expect the players to be motivated? The Lakers deserve to have a day off on Christmas day, after playing 12 straight years. But Stern will never let that happen due to the high TV ratings that the Lakers always draw. If Stern still insists on scheduling the Lakers next Christmas (and if PJ is still coaching), we will probably lose by 30 just to send Stern a message that PJ and the Lakers also want to spend Christmas at home with their families" -- The Snake

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant fouls Miami power forward Chris Bosh during action in the fourth quarter Saturday at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


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