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Caught in the Web: Previewing Lakers-Thunder game

February 27, 2011 |  8:12 am

58856012-- The Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' reaction to the Thunder acquiring Kendrick Perkins and veteran Charlotte center Nazr Mohammed.

-- The Times' Mark Heisler argues that the New York Knicks are far from a championship contender.

-- The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson says Mohammed needs to be a leader for the Thunder.

--'s Scott Howard-Cooper sees Oklahoma City and San Antonio as two examples that prove you don't have to be a big-market team to succeed.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains how the time off during the All-Star break helped sharpen the Lakers' focus.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky speak with ESPN the Magazine's Chris Palmer in their latest podcast about the Lakers.

-- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry highlights Perkins' comment that he dislikes "everything" about Lakers forward Pau Gasol.

-- The Oklahoman's John Rohde tells why Thunder guard Nate Robinson loves Sonic.

-- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel says the Thunder shouldn't worry that Perkins will be out for two to three weeks.

-- The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn focuses on the questioning by the Lakers of the Celtics' decision to trade Perkins.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore previews the Lakers-Thunder matchup.

Tweet of the Day: "Jerry Buss is on my commercial flight to OKC with what Charlie Sheen would refer to as "a smoking hottie ... Of course I noticed the 'smoking hottie' first and then identified the older gentleman holding her Louis Vuitton purse." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

Reader Comment of the Day: "One of the best points of last nights game was that the effort really was there up and down the roster. You've also got to love a 33-to-6 assist-to-turnover ratio." -- Tax Analyst

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is fouled by Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook at Staples Center, Feb. 21, 2011. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times