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Caught in the Web: Reactions to the Lakers' 109-99 loss to the Houston Rockets

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Here's one sign the Lakers have an even-keel approach. Lakers forward Ron Artest prank-called a postgame Rockets radio show pretending he was Rockets forward Luis Scola.

Game stories

--The Times' Broderick Turner details that Lakers forward Pau Gasol suffered a sore left hamstring in the team's loss to Houston.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights Phil Jackson's contention that it's way too early in the season to panic about a four-game losing streak.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen highlights Shane Battier going head-to-head with Kobe Bryant.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers have missed Andrew Bynum.

Notebooks

--The Times' Turner reports Bynum will participate in half-court, four-on-four scrimmaging during Thursday's practice.

--NBA.com's Mike Miller breaks down a few nuggets from the Lakers-Rockets game.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford reports Jackson had a pregame meeting with the team breaking down the current struggles, a gathering Lakers forward Lamar Odom described as "a little unusual."

Columns

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues that issues for the Lakers persist, but they have enough time to correct it.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jerome Solomon highlights Battier's resurgence.

-- Gasol appears in an NBA promo in the video below discussing World AIDS Day 2010.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin breaks down the Lakers' loss.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell focuses on the main highlights of the game with a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore lists six factors in the Lakers-Rockets game that left him scratching his head.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues the Lakers shouldn't panic right now.

---Lakers Nation's Ramneet Singh details each quarter of the Lakers-Rockets game.

--The Dream Shake's Xiane believes the Rockets can duplicate their effort against the Lakers consistently throughout the season.

Tweet of the Day: "Phil Jackson said tonight was 'probably the worst game of the season' for Gasol. No argument here. Eight points on two-for-eight shooting." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan)

Reader Comment of the Day: "What’s ironic is that one of the main reasons why the Lakers are enduring their first 4-game losing streak since acquiring Pau Gasol has been the overall uninspired, tepid, and soft play of Pau Gasol. You almost do have to ask yourself what is wrong. Pau is actually only playing 2 minutes per game more than last year and we are only one fifth of the way into the regular season. Yet, even after taking off the summer from playing to be fresher this year, Pau looks and is playing like he’s completely beat. … That’s not to say that Pau’s poor play is the only reason we are losing. O

Obviously, the inflated shooting from beyond the arc is starting to come back to earth. But other than a couple of good stretches by the bench led by Matt Barnes, the Lakers offense once again generally stagnated into a series of isolations. And even though many of the plays tonight were for Lamar or Pau or even Ron, we ended up playing o1-on-1 with the other four guys standing around. The great ball and player movement we loved early in the season seem to have disappeared along with our winning ways." -- Laker Tom

--Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to draw a charge from Houston forward Shane Battier in the second half Wednesday night. Credit: Pat Sullivan / Associated Press

 
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What pisses me off is when they want to compare a not so smart player with a legendary baller thats the great MJ,I am a laker fan for years but please i am telling the young lakers bloggers stop comparing anyone and any team even this laker team to that legendary history making bulls team of 1996.That Bulls team was just too good,was too amazing.This present laker team cannot accomplish what it was set out to do minus Phil,Cleamons,and Hamblen.

When it came to closing down the opponent holding them with a few points,when it closing out and blowing away team the Bulls were the best.When it comes to the final few minutes MJ and Pippen were the best.They made very few errors when it came to the last minute of closing down games and taking it over.That the diffference with this laker team,they tend to make a lot of unforce errors,leading to bad decisions and eventually the lost of important game.Thats the difference with greatness,they overcome all the odds.

The difference in greatness is that with MJ he was always inspiring to all his team mates,he didnt feel that he was carrying the scoring load,he had confidence in his team mates even Luc Longy.He was an inspiration to everyone,he wasnt selfish,when his team was down and out and needed a win,thats the time he used to take over the game,and he made few or no mistakes,and as a result all his other team mates used to step up.This is unlike a certain laker player.So sorry Dont compare anyone with him,but be yourself,dont be selfish and inspire your team to win.share the ball thats the attributes as a great baller,unselfishness.

 
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