Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 106-98 victory over Minnesota Timberwolves
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan argues the Lakers showed their toughness in their 106-98 victory Friday over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes how the Lakers had to scramble to secure the victory.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen details how the Lakers overcame a poor start.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits the Lakers for figuring out how to win with a limited Kobe Bryant.
--The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda reports Michael Beasley injured his hip.
--The Times' Broderick Turner details the level of pain Kobe Bryant is experiencing.
The Star Tribune's Zgoda features Kurt Rambis' contention that he needs more time to make Minnesota a good team.
--The Times' Bresnahan details how Rambis is maintaining a positive outlook coaching the Minnesota Timberwolves.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen notes Phil Jackson's contention that Minnesota's front office has done a poor job of acquiring talent.
--The Daily News' Teaford believes Rambis faces a no-win situation.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explains why Minnesota takes pride in moral victories.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over Minnesota.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details some of the chippy play in the Lakers-Timberwolves game.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wasn't impressed one bit with the Lakers' victory over Minnesota.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues the Timberwolves played with better execution, but lacked the talent.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game with a running diary.
Tweet of the Day:"Looking at Kobe during interview, he's in a different kind of pain right now. Would of understood if he skipped us" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"I think Kobe should sit a few games. We can win a few without him. We need a healthy Kobe in the playoffs. PJ, it is up to you. He won’t sit himself. I think we should focus on long-term gain over short-term glory. We can take Portland at home. The other guys will step up. I loved and hated Bynum’s foul. I hated that it was brutal and someone could have been hurt. I hated the fact that he could be suspended. I loved the fact that it was very old school. They were talking trash. If someone wants to talk trash, hang on the rim and kick people in the face, and come crashing into Bynum land, they could get hurt. Every player in the league will have to think twice before attempting something like that. Players talk a lot of crap – saying we are soft… They will have to change their tune. Drew, Matt, Ron, Lamar, Fish and Kobe are as tough as they come.
The other team, after the game, didn’t say it was dirty. They said it was a hard “playoff type” foul. My favorite moment was Kobe on the floor. The Lakers are all watching their leader on the ground. They get pissed. He gets up. He gets pissed - game freakin’ over!!! Earlier in the season, this is a game we would have lost. We are playing with fire now. You can’t stop us. Even on a bad night, we get the win. I enjoyed every second of it because… I am a Lakerholic." -- Lakerholic
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant puts up a shot while be guarded by Minnesota guard Martell Webster, left, and center Darko Milicic during the second half of the Lakers' 106-98 victory Friday at Staples Center. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times