Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 98-79 loss to Milwaukee Bucks
- The Times' Broderick Turner criticizes the Lakers' lack of hustle in their 98-79 loss Tuesday to the Milwaukee Bucks.
-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr describes the Lakers as distracted in their loss to Milwaukee.
-- NBA.com's Bryan Chu calls the Lakers' loss "an early Christmas surprise."
-- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Charles F. Gardner credits Earl Boykins' contributions.
-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen argues that the Lakers weren't prepared for Milwaukee.
-- The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford sums up the Lakers' loss to Milwaukee as a trap game.
-- The Los Angeles Times' Turner provides a medical update on Lakers center Andrew Bynum.
-- The Orange County Register's Carr focuses on Phil Jackson's wish that he had Christmas Day off.
-- The Daily Breeze's Teaford also looks at Jackson's frustration with Christmas Day NBA games.
ESPN's Hannah Storm talks to Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, who compared the grind of winning an NBA championship to giving birth. Hmmm.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin describes Kobe Bryant's bad day.
-- AOL Fanhouse's Brett Pollakoff ranks the Lakers at No. 4.
-- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande says issues are mounting up for the Lakers.
-- Fox Sports' Rick Horrow looks at what the Lakers-Heat Christmas Day matchup will do for the NBA.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi wonders if Jackson would coach the Miami Heat after this season.
-- AOL Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson faults the Lakers for "messing around."
-- Fox Sports' Billy Witz stresses the need for the Lakers to bounce back quickly considering their tough upcoming schedule.
Bryant talks with ESPN's Michael Wilbon in the video below about the Lakers-Heat matchup.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky on the Lakers' loss
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell keeps a running diary on the Lakers' loss.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore says it's performances like these that will hurt the Lakers' home-court advantage.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Philip Barnett argues that the Lakers were caught in a trap game.
-- Bucksketball's Jeremy Schmidt breaks down Milwaukee's victory.
Tweet of the Day:
"LAL's 6-game win streak was only half as long as MIA's 12 and having it snapped by MIL is twice as bad as losing to DAL" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)
Reader Comment of the Day:
"There's no way to explain or excuse that game last night. Great teams hate to lose. They hate to lose whether it's a playoff game or a regular season game...or a scrimmage...or even a pickup game on a schoolyard outdoor court with ratty backboard and busted chain-link net. This team does not hate to lose. Ergo, it is not a great team. They may still repeat (sorry, 83-79, it's true), but that will not make them a great team. And THAT is what sucks the joy out of this season with this very talented but not great team. Sorry. I love everything Laker. But I'm also brutally honest. I need to find me a gym somewhere and sweat this stink off." -- Corner J
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, puts up a shot while being defended by Milwaukee guard John Salmons during the Lakers' 98-79 loss Tuesday. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images