Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Minnesota
--The Times' Broderick Turner explains how the Lakers have allowed fewer points in the last four games because they've run their offense at a more deliberate pace.
--The Times' T.J. Simers pokes fun at Lakers sideline reporter John Ireland for not completely following through on his promise to walk from Cleveland to L.A. if the Lakers lost to the Cavaliers.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at the Lakers' biggest threats.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer presents a funny video in which referee Eli Roe tells Kobe Bryant he needs to make a shot.
--ESPN.com's Patrick Hruby tells the tale of how Gary Mays once shut down Elgin Baylor.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the Lakers' upcoming week.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi provides a medical update on Lakers forward Matt Barnes.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford adds that the Lakers may pick up their pace whenever Barnes returns to the lineup.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has an interesting Q&A with Sid Hartman, who owned the Lakers in Minneapolis.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz highlights the Lakers' belief that they've turned a corner after the All-Star break.
Tweet(s) of the Day: "My offense has gotten better with more comfortability n the system. Coach said it takes two years to learn the offense. We almost there.!! ... To play D and offense is hard. Imagine if some of your high scoring players locked down like I do. I think their numbers would dip offensively. But the right way to play is lock up and have big close out game shots. Now that I'm back comfortable it gives lakers more options!!!! Remember just two years ago we went to portland on the road in playoffs ..Now that I'm back comfortable it gives lakers more options!!!! Remember just two years ago we went to portland on the road in playoffs ..It's still there I just had to fit it in with my new team and not take away. That's why last year I picked and chose spots to score....Such as game six in Phoenix , game three in Utah, two big shots in gane six to close out okc and game 6 n 7 in LA!!" -- ronartestcom (Lakers forward Ron Artest)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Great lineup of games next week. The upcoming stretch will be a measuring stick for their ability to play at a high level on a consistent basis." -- boynamedsue
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks downcourt in transition against the Thunder during the first half Sunday. Credit: Mark D. Smith / US Presswire