Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 98-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers played a lot of individual basketball in the team's 98-96 loss Tuesday to the Memphis Grizzlies.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how the losses are putting a toll.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford blames L.A.'s poor defense.
--The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Ronald Tillery credits Mike Conley's performance.
--The Times' Broderick Turner dissects the Lakers' poor defense on point guards.
--The Times' Bresnahan explains why Pau Gasol will continue to play heavy minutes until Andrew Bynum returns.
--The Daily Breeze's Teaford looks at Pau losing the one-on-one matchup to his brother, Marc.
--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner features Gasol's involvement with activist efforts.
--The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Geoff Calkins explains how the Grizzlies came together as a team.
--The Orange County Register's Ding says the team is not getting Gasol involved enough.
--Fox Sports believes everything will be fine for the Lakers, as indicated by the latest power rankings.
--ESPN.com's John Hollinger lists four things the Lakers need to improve (insider subscription required).
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin believes the Lakers are dealing with adversity just fine.
--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus notices how L.A. is struggling without Bynum in the lineup.
--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson drops the Lakers down to No. 5 in his weekly rankings.
--ESPN.com's Bill Simmons explains his long fear of his daughter becoming a Lakers fan.
--Yahoo! Sports NBA analyst Greg Anthony explains in the video below why the Lakers will still win the West.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the loss.
--NBA.com's Sekou Smith examines the Lakers' point-guard issues.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell dissects the loss in a running diary.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore dissects the many areas he didn't like about L.A.'s loss.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano says the team is developing some bad habits.
--Lakers Nation's Daniel Buerge isn't worried about the Lakers' struggles but says they need to win games now.
Tweet of the Day: "Kobe: Just win the next one. ... We're not going to have a team meeting or anything like that. Focus and get ready." -- KevinDing (Orange County Register's Lakers beat writer Kevin Ding)
Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm not alarmed by this year's Quest for the Ring (coming to theaters near you), but there's something I see in Phil's manner (like calling timeouts) that makes it seem to me he could get tired of the same [stuff] we as fans get tired of: not being focused. Pacing for the long-haul is one thing, but playing stupid basketball, not running the system, taking pour shots that lead to bad transition D, is something else entirely. I love this year's team, but only in spurts have we seen it play an efficient game. And efficient does not mean, to me, killing yourself now to be to tired later, but just... run the ... offense guys! Rotate on D! Challenge the perimeter shooter! Just get a hand up! " -- 63 Footer
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Memphis guard Mike Conley, right, tries to drive around Lakers guard Derek Fisher during the first half of the Lakers' 98-96 loss Tuesday. Credit: Nikki Boertman / Reuters