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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Orlando Magic

March 14, 2011 | 11:08 am

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--The Times' Broderick Turner provides a medical update on Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who's a game-time decision Monday against the Orlando Magic.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details Andrew Bynum's increased maturity and commitment to defense.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the Lakers' upcoming week.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Zach McCann explains why Dwight Howard isn't on good terms with Marcin Gortat.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith wonders if the Lakers' bench is equipped for the playoffs.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford also focuses on the left ankle injury Bryant suffered Saturday against Dallas.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen argues the Lakers look like a championship team.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore previews the Lakers-Magic game.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz wonders if Bynum will match up well with Howard.

Tweet of the Day: "Lamar is sound asleep next to me... Man!!!! Why can't I sleep! Thank God for Family Guy! LOL" -- Khloe Kardashian, reality T.V. star and wife of Lakers forward Lamar Odom

Reader Comment of the Day: "Wins right now are very important so i think Mamba should start -- on the bench. And be available to sub, depending on how he feels, depending on the score and the flow of the game. Getting in down by 10 to heave up 27-footers? No. Getting in as a decoy? Sure. Getting in for a score near the basket, team up by 3 but having trouble scoring, needing a quick clutch shot? If he's not hurting and has the footwork going: Briefly. Keep him more off the court than on. If he needs to repeat the above against Minnesota in 5 days, good, rest at this point of the season will keep him fresher later, and the rest of the team should be able to carry them to a win over Love." -- Native Angeleno

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com.

Photo: Magic center Dwight Howard drives to the basket against Lakers center Andrew Bynum in a matchup in Orlando last month. Credit: Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press


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