Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Dallas Mavericks
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes how the Lakers and Mavericks don't have much of a playoff history. Bresnahan also reports that the Lakers have given Assistant Coach Brian Shaw permission to interview with the Houston Rockets for their vacant head coaching position.
-- ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan sizes up the Mavericks' and Lakers' bench units.
-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr reports that the Maloofs sent an attorney asking for her tape recorder that featured Phil Jackson's critical comments of the Kings possibly moving to Anaheim.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding lists three keys to the Lakers-Mavericks series.
-- Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer provides a humorous take on the Maloofs' reaction to Jackson's dig at them.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky shares his gripe with Jackson playing his starters late in Game 6 against New Orleans.
-- Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe analyzes the Lakers-Mavericks series.
ESPN analyst Chris Mullin breaks down the Lakers-Mavericks series in the video below
-- ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon highlights Rick Carlisle's comments that Caron Butler won't play in the second-round series against the Lakers.
-- Lakers.coms' Ty Nowell posted on his Twitter page a must-see video featuring Andrew Bynum and Lakers spokesman John Black hooping it up.
-- ESPN The Magazine's Chis Palmer hands out grades for first-round performances, including Bryant and Pau Gasol.
-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford features the strong personalities of Jackson and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
-- ESPN.com's David Thorpe ranks Kobe Bryant as the 10th best player so far this postseason (insider subscription).
-- The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko believes the Mavericks' physical series against Portland will help prepare them for the Lakers.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a comprehensive position-by-position breakdown of the Lakers-Mavericks series.
-- Fox Sports' Billy Witz lists five things to watch in the Lakers-Mavericks series.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano previews the Lakers-Mavericks series.
Tweet of the Day: "Lakers were never concerned about Spurs being No. 1 seed. I didn't think they'd lose in 1st round but didn't think they'd make it past OKC." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"The Mavericks are consummate chokers. Although they're undoubtedly fired up by their victory over Portland, they will wilt under the Lakers dominance. I won't be surprised if this series is over in 6. I won't be surprised if this series is over in 5. I don't think the Lakers will be sleeping on any teams from here on out. This will be a chippy series, no question. There will be multiple technicals, hard fouls, some ejections, and lots of trash-talking" -- The Outlaw
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant dishes off in the middle of the Mavericks' swarming defense. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.