Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 89-88 loss to San Antonio Spurs
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--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on the Lakers' lapses late in the game in their 89-88 loss Thursday to the San Antonio Spurs.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on the Lakers' and Spurs' old age.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen argues it shouldn't be surprising that the Lakers lose to elite teams.
--The San Antonio Express-News' Mike Monroe details Antonio McDyess' tip-in.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford details how San Antonio took the game from the Lakers.
--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Lamar Odom's willingness to take responsibility for the loss. Turner also details Pau Gasol's excitement to be playing in the NBA All-Star game and Odom's disappointment in not making the Western Conference team.
--The Times' Kevin Baxter, Lisa Dillman and Bresnahan detail the logistics involving the Lakers', Clippers' and L.A. Kings' extended trips during awards season.
--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on Jerry Buss' appearance during the Lakers' shootaround on Thursday, and a conversation he had with Ron Artest.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen notices that Odom is taking the news he won't be in the All-Star game in stride.
--The Daily Breeze's Teaford highlights Gasol being picked as a reserve for the NBA All-Star game.
--The Times' Mark Heisler highlights Gregg Popovich's contention that the Lakers are the best team in the West.
--The Orange County Register's Ding notices that the Lakers haven't been playing with much joy.
--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper argues the Lakers can make the trade talks go away if they win against elite teams.
--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins argues Clippers forward Blake Griffin has eclipsed Kobe Bryant as the NBA's top entertainer.
--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden argues the Lakers' vulnerabilities are exposed.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin credits the Lakers for their effort.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton credits San Antonio's longevity.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz looks at the state of the Lakers.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer dissects the Lakers-Spurs boxscore.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to San Antonio.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a running diary of the Lakers-Spurs game.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues this Lakers loss stings more than others.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark credits the Spurs for their execution, but also mentions the result came down to luck.
---48 Minutes of Hell sums it up best on why this was a good win for the Spurs: "Antonio McDyess’ game winning tip-in marks only the third time ever in an NBA regular season that Gregg Popovich has cracked a smile."
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: "The season's performance is usually the highlight window of the playoffs. what you see now is what you usually accomplish in the future. It does not pay to cram or shortcut success." -- Edwin Gueco
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Photo: San Antonio forward Antonio McDyess is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the winning basket on a tip-in at the buzzer during the Lakers' 89-88 loss Thursday at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times