Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 109-96 loss to Boston Celtics
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan argues the Lakers didn't play like the defending champions in their 109-96 loss Sunday to the Boston Celtics.
--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow credits the Celtics' team effort.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding faults the Lakers' defense.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen believes the Lakers' execution against the Celtics validated Jerry West's sentiment that the Lakers can't play defense.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford notes how the Lakers' defense crumbled in the second half.
--The Times' Bresnahan details Ron Artest's poor play against Boston.
--The Boston Globe's Benbow looks at how Paul Pierce and Ray Allen split duties defending Bryant.
--The Daily Breeze's Teaford also focuses on Artest's poor play.
--The Times' Broderick Turner breaks down the Lakers' poor defense.
--The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett looks at the Bryant-Pierce showdown.
--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins believes the Celtics are a much better team since the 2010 Finals.
--The Times' Mark Heisler argues the Lakers have a long ways to go before matching up with the Boston Celtics.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz faults the Lakers' effort.
--The Daily Breeze's Vincent Bonsignore argues the Lakers' failure to beat elite teams should raise a red flag.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande believe the Celtics have the cohesion the Lakers lack.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin dissects Pau Gasol's poor performance.
--The Orange County Register's Ding faults Pau Gasol's effort.
--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg argues the Celtics set the tone.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues Kobe Bryant had no other choice but to go on a scoring barrage against Boston.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller finds fault with the way the Lakers are losing games.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton finds issue with the Lakers' focus.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne argues the Celtics proved they're a better team than the Lakers.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears notices the Lakers aren't panicing after this loss.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss.
--The Boston Globe's Tony Massarotti argues no one should read much into the Celtics' victory Sunday over the Lakers.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details how the team's fourth-quarter lapses.
--Celtics Blog's Jay_King credits Boston for improving their weaknesses.
Tweet of the Day: "Kobe Lakers grade on defense 'F'" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)
Reader Comment of the Day: The Lakers (Kobe and Derek don't count) need to understand what it means to be a Laker. Being a Laker means that you are the Special Forces of the NBA. It's full in or not at all. That's it. If you want to be less than full in, go play for the Charlotte Bobcats. If you're a Laker, you have to be full in. That's it... and when you're career is over you will thank yourself for that. All in. Nothing else." -- Jon K.
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Photo: Celtics forward Paul Pierce and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant try to avoid contact with one another after Pierce was fouled on a shot by forward Luke Walton (not pictured). Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times