Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 99-92 loss to the Clippers
-- The Times' Lisa Dillman highlights the physical play in the Lakers' 99-92 loss Sunday to the Clippers.
-- The Daily Breeze's Frank Burlison details how the Clippers prevailed late in the game against the Lakers.
-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen believes the Clippers stirred up a rivalry.
-- The Times' Dillman details Blake Griffin's recent shooting struggles and explains why Kobe Bryant believes he should be on the NBA All-Star team.
-- The Daily News' Burlison looks at the late-game altercation.
-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr says the Lakers lost the game in the third quarter.
-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen explains why Phil Jackson believes Ron Artest was wrongfully ejected.
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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Kobe Bryant's contention that Clippers forward Blake Griffin "punked" the Lakers.
-- The Times' Broderick Turner previews the Lakers-Oklahoma City matchup.
-- AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick believes the Clippers are forging an identity.
-- NBA.com Fran Blinebury notes how Bryant has questioned the competitiveness of Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin focuses on the four ejections.
-- Sports Illustrated's Paul Forrester looks at Bryant's work with Hakeem Olajuwon.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details Bryant's upcoming movie and explains why Bryant's isn't backing up Lamar Odom.
-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller faults the Lakers' effort in their loss to the Clippers.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne notices the Clippers are maturing.
-- The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman wonders if the Clippers could make the playoffs.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky analyzes the Lakers' loss to the Clippers.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark questions the Lakers' effort.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski believes the seeds of a rivalry have been planted.
-- Clips Nation's Steve Perrin credits the Clippers for winning the hard way.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the game in running-diary format.
I discuss the state of the Lakers with 1430 ESPN (Fresno, CA) in the audio file below
Tweet of the Day:
"MLK Day!! We have come a long way ! Couldn't imagine life without hope. It's up to us to keep hope alive. Life is beautiful!" -- RealLamarOdom (Lakers forward Lamar Odom)
Reader Comment of the Day:
"This is the problem our Lakers are having. We're facing opponents who are hungry and play every second of the game, no matter if they are winning or losing. And then we have Lamar's attitude, which is whining because an opponent is playing hard, That's crazy. Instead of doing something stupid like grab a guy's jersey and throwing him out of bounds, which just looks like he's upset at being dominated by the opponent and losing the game, Lamar should have gotten aggressive DURING the game. And I don't mean pulling some guy's jersey, I'm talking about aggressive play, taking the ball to the basket, playing hard defense, not letting the opponent score. Playing to win basically. That's what was missing from our Lakers today. We simply didn't have the fire that the Clippers did." -- lakerz4life24
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Clippers forward Ryan Gomes looks for a steal as Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives to the basket in the first half Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times