Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Dallas Mavericks
-- AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick credits Ron Artest for his defense against Thunder forward Kevin Durant.
-- ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan tells how Mavericks forward Caron Butler has tried to have a positive influence on the team while nursing a season-ending right-knee injury.
-- The Dallas Morning-News' Tim Cowlishaw predicts bad things will happen Wednesday night for the Mavericks when they host the Lakers.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that there are no real threats the Lakers face in the West.
-- ESPN has Kobe Bryant far down on the league MVP watch list.
-- 710 ESPN's Steve Mason and John Ireland debate in the video below whether Clippers forward Blake Griffin will join the Lakers in 2014.
-- Fox Sports' Zac Johnson ranks the Lakers at No.5 because he believes the defending champs will take a step forward.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky details Bryant's improved efficiency.
-- The New York Times' Rob Mahoney sizes up the Mavericks' starting lineup in the Off the Dribble blog.
-- The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers are still worried about the Mavericks.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell previews the Lakers-Mavericks matchup.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark criticizes Pau Gasol's recent shot selection.
Tweet of the Day: "Day 7 of rehab stayed back n LA w/ judy to rite.. Yesterday was great did body weight squats, biked & did the shuttle w/no pain or swelling ... Who would have ever thought u could luv rehab?? GET RITE -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Just wanted to mention how much I like the photo at the top, and a couple from other angles that I've seen. MM wrote it right about the many faces of Kobe throughout the game but that dunk was just pure basketball joy, the moment when it all slows down and the crowd noise blurs and a guy in his 15th year shows that he can still fly when the wind's just right" -- dave m
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant dishes off a pass in front of the Mavericks' Jason Kidd at Staples Center on Jan. 3, 2010. The Lakers take on a struggling Dallas Mavericks team on Wednesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times