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Caught in the Web: Previewing the Lakers-Mavericks game

Mavericks_350 What a way for the Lakers to end their trip: a stop in Big D with big implications. Will the Lakers bounce back from a tough 94-88 loss at Miami? Can they close on the Mavericks, currently second in the Western Conference but only 1 1/2 games ahead of the Lakers, with their ninth win in 10 games since the All-Star break?

This is the drama that comes with the NBA in March. Each game counts more than the one before. Every opponent is either a Western Conference contender battling for playoff position or an opponent with something to prove to the two-time reigning champions.

Let's take a look at what some colleagues are saying about the game (6 p.m. tip-off to be televised locally on KCAL, Channel 9):

Game advances

The Daily News' Elliott Teaford on the Lakers getting no rest on this trip.

FoxSportsWest.com's Billy Witz discusses how the Lakers need to refocus.

Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com on why the Lakers want a win and the No. 2 seeding.

Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News examines why this is a big game for the Mavericks.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Dwain Price on Dallas clinching the tiebreaker with a win.

Columns and notebooks

Caplan of ESPNDallas.com looks at Brendan Haywood's task against the Lakers.

Dexter Fishmore of SilverScreenandRoll.com on why the Lakers have been beaten on the boards.

The Morning News' Sefko on Jason Kidd understanding why Coach Rick Carlisle called the Mavericks soft.

Price of the Star-Telegram looks at why Dallas likes the matchups against the Lakers' big men.

ESPN.com's Mark Stein on a variety of subjects, including a snippet on Lakers assistant Chuck Person.

And Land O' Lakers bloggers Andy and Brian Kamenetzky review some problems with the Lakers' offense and do a podcast with ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne.

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki tries to drive past Lakers power forward Pau Gasol in their Jan. 19 game. Credit: Matthew Emmons / US Presswire

 
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NO RCOTD AGAIN?...WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Mother of God can this be the end of RCOTD?????????????????????

You see!! You see what you people have done!!! You have doomed the RCOTD without Mamba24 never, ever, never,ever getting one. Why Lord Why??? This is all an Illuminati conspiracy to deny Mamba24 his due!! LTLF talk to some of your connections and see if you can get it reinstated. All I need is about 3 more years and I'm sure that I'll be ready to write something that merits one of those bad boys. I mean they even gave one to a Troll. A TROLL!!!! But Mamba24....Nooooooooooooo!!!
I'm sorry Justanothermambafan but I just may have to take you up on your generous and totally awe inspiring offer to let me have one of yours. Because it is written until one wins a RCOTD one cannot truly call their life a success.

Having never gotten a RCOTD, I'm unbiased in saying it was one of the best additions to the blog since the early days when Mike T's Jackson Journal ruled the discussion.

That said, gotta say the Times staff has put up some tasty threads in MM's absence.

Does complimenting the staff get you an RCOTD?

Does complimenting the staff get you an RCOTD? Posted by: Vman | March 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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OH LORD!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When the chips are down it's easy to punch Kobe: the media, the other teams fans, the Lakers fans.

The only mistake he made was that turnover in the end of game, and those kind of things happen to whoever takes that responsibility.

It reminded me of Games 4 & 5 of last year finals. When the rest of the team leave Kobe alone. They must be more aggressive.

Even after a frustrating loss it is a pleasure to witness Kobe's greatness.

We should enjoy his play while we can. Because for the next great player like Kobe to appear we will have to wait more than 100 years.

RCOTDs -

DBDH! = 2

mamba24 = 0


Bizarre! How can this be?!

mamba24, I salute you, sir! You are the LATBOTD, everyday!

*L. A. Times Blogger Of The Day*


DBDH!

Kobe will always be one of those rare "damned if he does, damned if he doesn't" players - it's the burden he must carry for this great franchise. And, guess what, if there was ever a player that has the wherewithal to carry that burden, it's Kobe. Carry on warrior - your greatness will only truly be realized by all who follow this game after your playing days are over. In the meantime, keep winning your rings and winning this franchise its banners.

RCOTDs - DBDH! = 2 mamba24 = 0 Bizarre! How can this be?!
mamba24, I salute you, sir! You are the LATBOTD, everyday!
*L. A. Times Blogger Of The Day* Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | March 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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Oh thank you DBDH, you are such a nice kind man and seeing as how you are so kind and have 2 and I have none...Give me one of yours. Give it to me!! Give it to me NOW!!! LOL! Thanks my brother that was very nice...Carry Ob.

I don't care if we don't have homecourt advantage, still, no team can beat us in 7 game series. Period!

@Mamba24....

First, thanks for getting the troops fired up with your game day Roll Call!! Awesome.

And, may I say, that your never recieving an RCOTD is as big a travesty as Kobe Bryant only having one MVP!!


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