Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for seven-game trip
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan shares this sobering statistic to back up his argument that it's unlikely the Lakers could surpass San Antonio in the Western Conference standings: "Even if the Spurs won at only a 60% clip the rest of the way, the Lakers would have to play almost .900 ball to finish ahead of them."
--The Times-Picayune's John DeShazier argues the Hornets-Lakers game is a must-win for New Orleans.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky discuss the Lakers' loss to the Spurs, potential trades and the NBA All-Star game in their latest podcast.
--NBA.com looks at the top 10 plays Kobe Bryant made in the 2004-05 season.
--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Lakers at No. 6.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne argues the Lakers need a confidence boost.
--The Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith details the struggles the Hornets will have matching up with the Lakers.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford previews the Lakers' seven-game trip.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker faults what he calls the Lakers' "lifeline" for maintaining no team could beat them in the playoffs.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues the Lakers' upcoming trip is the exact thing they need to get out of their struggles.
--SB Nation's Tom Ziller sizes up Bryant's scoring tendencies.
Tweet of the Day: "Stayn hm while team goes on the road. Gotta get this knee rite. Tough east coast swing. Should b ready 2 start practicing once they get back" -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)
Reader Comment of the Day: "All the lakers not named Kobe need to be more aggressive. Especially when Kobe gets that hot hand. Guys need to force themselves to look for their shot when Kobe gets going, cause Kobe can get it going anytime he wants, but if guys are not looking to shoot then he might as well keep trying to carry them himself.
It should be easier for these other guys to get a good shot when Kobe gets hot cause every team has seen it before and they begin to focus their entire d on Kobe. So when Shannon gets the ball, or Pau gets a touch, or lamar don't give it up or look for where Kobe is at, look to drive or take a short pull-up, or play a two man game within the triangle like that weak side pick they run and let Kobe know that you are with him trying to get the job done instead of watching him." -- dlyte
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant passes to a teammate after drawing the Hornets defense to him in the Lakers' 101-97 victory on Jan. 7. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times