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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Portland Trail Blazers

March 20, 2011 | 10:19 am

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan takes a look at the Lakers' upcoming schedule.

--The Columbian's Matt Calkins explains why Portland Coach Nate McMillan dislikes the team's "3 Goggles."

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr mentions the possibility the NBA might decide Sunday whether to suspend Andrew Bynum for Sunday's game against Portland after getting a flagrant foul type 2 Friday against Minnesota.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky discuss the following topics in their latest podcast: Bynum's emergence, possible first-round matchups and GQ criticizing Laker fans.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notices how the Lakers have had the good fortune of maintaining good health, while Portland has continuously had to fight through injuries.

--The Oregonian presents a preview capsule on the Lakers-Blazers matchup.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions how the playing status of Kobe Bryant and Bynum for Sunday's game against Portland remains uncertain.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz credits the Lakers for showing some attitude and toughness. Witz also has a must-read piece on Phil Jackson's connections to the late Owsley Stanley.

Tweet of the Day: "have U played a board game (ex. #Clue, #Sorry, #Monopoly) w/immature, lame people who when faced w/loosing flip the board over? Yeah, me 2." -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Seeing Minnesota come to town reminds what a great organization the Lakers are and how lucky we are. Rambis is a great guy and a possible candidate for the best head coaching job in basketball, the LA Lakers, when Phil retires. But there he is in Minnesota where, the FO trades Garnett and dumps Al Jefferson and signs a bunch of very young castoffs. Then they say, win, dammit. And Kurt has to endure rumors of his firing and take the heat for what is, in fact, just a non-competetive roster.

Actually, he has done a decent job of coaching there, and, though they are still losing, you could see them executing a hell of a lot better than earlier in the year. They probably executed better than the Lakers Friday. I don't know if Rambis deserves 2 more years there, it seems more like a sentence than a reward, but he seems to want to see if he can't grow these young guys into a real team, which is admirable. At the least Kurt deserves more time in Minnesota to make it work. But it might be better for him to get a chance with a real franchise. He could, as PJ pointed out, end up like Jim Cleamons. Coaching is important, but you have to have the players first." -- Tom Daniels

--Mark Medina

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