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Caught in the Web: Previewing the Lakers-Hawks game

March 8, 2011 |  3:28 am

Kobe_300 While the Lakers are rolling toward the playoffs on the strength of a seven-game winning streak since the NBA All-Star break, their opponent Tuesday night has been struggling as of late.

The Atlanta Hawks, a young and talented team that many thought would vie for a top-four playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference this season, have fallen into disarray recently, according to Coach Larry Drew. Then again, maybe the Hawks -- 4-8 since going a season-high 13 games above .500 on Feb. 5 -- need a challenge like the hottest team in the league invading their home court.

Here are some links in advance of the 4 p.m. PST contest (to be televised locally on KCAL, Channel 9).

Game previews

Land O' Lakers blogger Andy Kamenetzky gives his weekly preview, including the Hawks game.

Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Atlanta looking to regroup.'s Eric Stephen on the Lakers looking to end a three-game losing streak in Atlanta.

Columns and notebooks

The Times' Mike Bresnahan examines Derek Fisher's role as a union leader.

The Daily News' Elliott Teaford on Andrew Bynum becoming the team's defensive leader.

The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding breaks down some specifics of the Lakers' revamped defense.

The Times' Bresnahan writes about Pau Gasol reflecting on this season's low point.'s Dave McMenamin gives more insight into the Lakers' defense.'s Billy Witz on Bynum embracing his defensive role.

ForumBlueandGold's Darius Soriano revisits the Steve Blake signing.

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Kobe Bryant goes for a reverse layup against Atlanta last month at Staples Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times