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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 112-57 victory over Cleveland Cavaliers

January 12, 2011 |  1:01 pm

 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan documents the historical night the Lakers put on in their 112-57 victory Tuesday over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

--The Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer details everything that has caused the Cavaliers to hit rock bottom.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details the Lakers' dominance over the Cavaliers.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen credits the Lakers' defense.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford observes at times it looked like the Lakers were simply toying with the Cavaliers.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan details Andrew Bynum's impressive play.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen reports Lakers forward Joe Smith doesn't bother checking into hotels with an alias.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford details Matt Barnes' injury.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Byron Scott's contention that the Lakers remain the "team to beat."

--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom shares his NBA All-Star picks.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at the Lakers' best all-time performances.

--Sports Illustrated's Brit Robson ranks the Lakers at No. 4.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports Scott has a three-year contract with the Cavaliers without an out clause.

--The Plain Dealer's Branson Wright talks to John Lucas about this Cavaliers team compared to the team before the James' era.

Columns

--The Times' T.J. Simers explains how Lamar Odom's marriage to Khloe Kardashian has made him mature.

--The Times' Mark Heisler notices LeBron James' game flourishes when he's angry.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton looks at how the Cavaliers have fared without LeBron. The answer: They're not really good.

Blogs

--Sports Illustrated's Kevin Frazier talks to Bryant on The Dan Patrick Show about the state of the Lakers, his knee and Carmelo Anthony's future.

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

--The New York Times' Rob Mahoney argues in the Off the Dribble blog that Kobe Bryant's late-game clutchness is overstated.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer dissects the Lakers' victory.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 10 things to take away from the Lakers' victory.

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues tongue in cheek that Cleveland doesn't have a basketball team anymore.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano never saw a beating like he did in the Lakers-Cavs game.

--Lakers Nation's Josh Surdin credits the Lakers for returning to the basics.

Tweet of the Day: Crazy. "Karma is a ..... Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!" --- KingJames (Miami Heat forward LeBron James).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Forget about waiting until Drew regains his pre-injury form, I submit that what we are seeing right now is a Bigger, Badder, and Better Beast. Offensively, Drew has never been more under control and is showing a low post power presence that the Lakers have not seen since Shaq. Defensively, Drew is patrolling the paint and protecting the rim a passion and athleticism that has even rubbed off on Pau Gasol, who played some of his best defense this year last night. ....

"While he has to prove he can remain healthy for the rest of the regular season and playoffs, there is little doubt now among the Lakers media and fans that Andrew Bynum is the key to the Lakers three-peating as NBA champions. He is the difference maker, the player who elevates the Lakers above other elite teams in the league, the player for whom no team has the answer. And he is undoubtedly the catalyst that suddenly turned everything around for the Lakers.

The way Drew is playing right now not only restores the Lakers hopes for a three-peat this year but also brightens the Lakers long term future and gives the team genuine reason to believe that their great success will extend beyond the Kobe Bryant years. No more Superstar Interruptus. What we are watching may well be the true emergence of the Next Great Lakers Center. --- Laker Tom

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com


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