Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 120-91 victory over Utah Jazz
There will be a live chat today at 12:30 p.m. Bring your questions! One of them likely will entail why Utah guard Deron Williams feels like the only thing he can do to stop Kobe Bryant is to tug on his jersey, making for a pretty good photo caption contest.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' dominance in their 120-91 victory Tuesday over the Utah Jazz.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes the Lakers are peaking at the right time.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen notices the Lakers' dominance at home against Utah has become too routine.
--The Salt Lake Tribune's Brian T. Smith details the depressed mood the Jazz has been in lately.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford credits the Lakers' teamwide effort.
--The Times' Bresnahan talks to Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who would like to see more toughness from the team.
--The Times' Broderick Turner credits Steve Blake's performance.
--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick talks to Hornets forward Trevor Ariza about leaving the Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes Jerry West's conversation with Dan Patrick, in which West said he wasn't criticizing the Lakers' defense.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen explains why Phil Jackson likes the Lakers' progress lately.
--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus highlights the Lakers' improved play.
--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson pits the Lakers at No. 3 this week.
--The Daily Breeze's Teaford sizes up Andrew Bynum's All-Star chances.
--The Times' T.J. Simers talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who objects to Jerry West's contention that the Lakers are too old. Simers also says Kupchak doesn't disagree with his assessment that the Lakers' initial struggles pointed to Phil Jackson.
--The Times' Mark Heisler believes West's comments fired up the Lakers.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande looks at Andrew Bynum's resurgence.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton takes issue with West's belief that the Lakers are too old.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over the Jazz.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 10 things to take away from the Lakers' win over Utah.
--NBA.com's Sekou Smith believes the Lakers and Celtics are fairly similar.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game in a running diary.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das believes Utah didn't even try against the Lakers.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano doesn't understand how the Lakers could dominate Utah by that much.
Relive Lamar Odom's circus shot:
Tweet of the Day: "Jerry West on DP show "shocked if @Lakers don't make Finals" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)
Reader Comment of the Day: "So to all you people who were whining about the Lakers' loss to Miami back on Christmas, while some of was were saying it ain't that big a deal? NOW is when games start to become much more important. We're now more than halfway through the season and coming into the home stretch of the season. After the All-Star break, it will become even more important to establish a level of dominance on both ends of the court. But the Lakers have a string of games coming up that could set the tone even before the break. The first half of February, the Lakers face New Orleans (winners of 9 straight at this point), New York, San Antonio, Orlando, and Boston twice. Plus their long road trip includes games against Memphis, Charlotte, and Cleveland in that time stretch. If the Lakers fare well between now and the All-Star break (especially if they can beat the Spurs, Orlando, and Boston), then it will set a tone that they're closer to being ready for the playoffs. If they screw it up, it doesn't mean all hope is lost or anything... but compared to a few games in December when Bynum was out or just getting his pre-season on, it would be a much worse indicator if the Lakers did poorly in this next stretch. Can't wait for the Boston game on Sunday." -- LongTimeLakerFan
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is grabbed by Utah guard Deron Williams as he drives to the basket during the first half of the Lakers' 120-91 victory Tuesday at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times