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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 84-80 victory over Portland Trail Blazers

March 21, 2011 | 10:47 am

 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how Kobe Bryant came through in the clutch in the Lakers' 84-80 victory Sunday over the Portland Trail Blazers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how the Lakers absorbed Andrew Bynum's absence.

--The Oregonian's Joe Freeman calls Bryant a "Blazer killer"

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen details the Lakers' late-game charge.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford also highlights Bryant's heroics.

Sidebars

--The Times' Bresnahan reports the NBA actually considered handing Bynum a three-game suspension.

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Lamar Odom's contributions in the Lakers' win over Portland.

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports Jeff Van Gundy could become the next Lakers coach.

Notebooks

--The Daily News' Teaford features the Lakers' disappointment in Bynum's two-game suspension.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler argues the Lakers can't afford playing without Bynum for long.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande talks to Portland guard Brandon Roy about the difficulty defending Bryant.

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues Bryant and Derek Fisher are clutch players because they're not afraid to lead.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin credits Bryant for overcoming injuries.

--The Oregonian's Jason Quick explains why Portland falters during crunch time. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over Portland.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the Lakers' win over Portland in a running diary.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano chalks up the Lakers' victory to experience.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore credits the Lakers' defense.

Note: NBA TV will air a True NBA at 8 p.m, which will feature a segment on Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw. NBA.TV and TNT's David Aldridge said the piece will center on the likelihood Shaw will succeed Phil Jackson as Lakers head coach. Aldridge said the piece will also highlight the emotional story involving his mother, father, and sister, all whom were killed in an automobile accident in July 1993. 

Tweet of the Day: "The sixth man of the year @RealLamarOdom played great Pau with another doubledouble, @derekfisher & 24 are the best two closers in the game!" -- AndrewBynum (Lakers center Andrew Bynum)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The sign of a great team is being able to beat a good team when you don’t play your best. The Lakers only shot 17% from 3pt land, drew just 11 fouls on the Blazers (that were called) and was outrebounded by 10…yet found a way to win. Scrappy defense in the 4th holding the Blazers to 14 points on 5-17 shooting and forcing 4 turnovers. Kobe’s intensity was off the charts. That baseline J over BRoy was as good as it gets. Kobe and Fish made the big plays down the stretch, LO was solid all game and Ron shut down Matthews and Roy. Pau shot was off…I think all his baskets were layups or dunks, but he did a decent job on the boards. Bynum’s presence was definitely missed…especially on the boards and getting easy baskets" -- LRob

--Mark Medina

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