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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 104-85 loss to Memphis Grizzlies

January 3, 2011 |  8:30 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Broderick Turner chalks up the Lakers' 104-85 loss Sunday to the Memphis Grizzlies to being outworked.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details the Lakers getting booed off the court.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen called the Lakers' defeat to the Grizzlies the team's worst loss of the season.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford says the Lakers' effort was "unbearable to watch."

--The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Ronald Tillery credits Rudy Gay's contributions.

Notebooks

--The Times' Turner details the Lakers' dip in three-point field-goal percentage from November to December.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen also focuses on the Lakers' poor three-point shooting.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford documents Steve Blake's shooting struggles.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler muses about Kobe Bryant's joking request that the press writers negative stories about the Lakers so that it might motivate the team.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande notes the Lakers have no answers for their poor play against Memphis.

--The Orange County Register's Ding calls on the Lakers to follow the Bryant's lead.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi explains how Bryant is self motivated.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explains how Aaron McKie played a vital role in the Lakers' success. Witz also notes the fans' displeasure with the Lakers.

Blogs

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues the Lakers need to understand the regular season is about building good habits.

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

--NBA.com's Sekou Smith wonders if the Lakers should feel worried about their current struggles.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the game through a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore notices it's fairly easy to beat the Lakers these days.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano notices how the Lakers' losses point to the same problems.

Tweet of the Day: "MEM coach Lionel Hollins: "It doesn't matter. ... They will be there when the season is over, competing for a championship." -- KevinDing (Orange County Register's Lakers beat reporter Kevin Ding)

Reader Comment of the Day: Why should I bother setting aside 2-1/2 to 3 hours 82 days of the regular season at $0 pay when 13 players making from $300k to $21 million a season won't set aside 48 minutes a game to focus and play as a cohesive unit? What's my return on investment? Sure, you won two championships in a row. It still doesn't trump the chumps you're looking like when you get beat down by sub-500 teams. Hell, Beat Down By Any Team! I'm going to use my time more wisely. I'll DVR the games and if the outcomes start turning around more consistently I'll start watching again. It'll be no different then back in the days of tape delayed broadcasts of the 60s and 70s. Until then, I'm taking up chess..." -- The Triangulator

Photo: The Lakers' starting unit stis on the bench as the Grizzlies pull away for a 104-85 victory Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


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