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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Denver Nuggets

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers aren't concerned with who they play in the playoffs.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Matt Barnes' promise that he won't lose his cool for the rest of the season.

--The Times' Chris Erskine sits with Marge Hearn during a recent Lakers game.

--The Times' Mark Heisler criticizes the New York Knicks for acquiring Carmelo Anthony.

--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman argues Kobe Bryant should be given more consideration for league MVP. Hochman also explains how Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin has emerged as a leader.

--The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports former Lakers assistant Tex Winter will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky, Ramona Shelburne and Dave Miller discuss in a podcast a number of topics, including Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, the Lakers' low number of turnovers in March (9.7 per game) and the Lakers' recent success.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi explains why Barnes wants to meet the Mavericks again in the playoffs.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes the Lakers' acknowledgement they are chasing the San Antonio Spurs for the West's best record.

--Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire calls Pau Gasol in the video below. Interesting observation from a player who doesn't play any defense.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford provides a medical update on Lamar Odom and highlights Barnes' comments on his one-game suspension.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz believes the Lakers won't see the Jazz in the playoffs anytime soon. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at Bryant's footwork.

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap awards Steve Blake the Lakers' player of the week.

Tweet of the Day: "Winter's induction into the Hall of Fame was long overdue. And I mean *long* overdue..." -- Mike_Bresnahan (Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "You don't worry about who you play n the second round. If you are worrying about that, you aren't the championship team you know the Lakers have proven themselves to be. At best, you worry who has home court advantage in the finals." -- Ringo  

--Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom battles Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo for rebounding position earlier this season. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images

 
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Haiku Of The Day:

Mile High Fools Gold

Go West For Purple And Gold

High "5" We Struck Gold

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The NBA Where Going West To See The "5" Golden Nuggets Happens!!!!

Game Day Prayer:
I have been backing Bynum for years knowing The Captain was refining one of our Golden Nuggets.
Pray For Captain That He Will See His Achievement Come To Pass.

Captain : Well Done Our Good And Faithful Servant.

Jon Teitel: The title of your documentary is based on a quote from English physicist Sir Isaac Newton: "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants". What do you think the quote means?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The quote refers to the fact that all progress is a result of people improving on the efforts of those who have gone before us and advanced the knowledge on any subject.

LEWSTRS,

I'm honored you would put me on the glorious Laker 3-Peat bus twice, but the 2nd time around I was actually quoting and confirming a post from our inimitable Jon K.

"Matt Barnes just had his moment last night. He's officially Purple and Gold from now on."

That being said, if I could indeed clone myself, my clone would be a Laker fan. Otherwise, I would hire out Matt Barnes to kill him in his sleep, unless Ron Artest got to him 1st. :-)

@NuggetsCountry.....Thanks for the role call in honor of Mamba24!! This is fitting for today, you being from Nugget country!!! Mamba24...We'll be wating for your return!

I have a question for the blog if anyone can answer:

We've discussed the tie-breaker between the Bulls and Lakers, but can somebody tell me who would own the tie-breaker between the Spurs and Lakers if we end up with the same regular season record and a split season series??

Thanks!!

I take it was Amare who Drew was tweeting about? If so, I like the fact that he's sticking up for Pau. They seem to have good chemistry on the floor. When they're laughing and hi-fiving on the floor the Lakes are usually kicking someones booty.

I never thought it would come down to this... but unfortunately, it looks like this might be a possibility.


With one more game being played between the Lakers and Spurs, if the Lakers win that game and that happens to tie up the record, who would get HCA?

The Lakers win. The next tiebreaker is division record. They have a better record there.

Amare should always remember one thing...It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought of as a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.

Xmas day 2007...one of my favorite Laker games of the recent era. Baby Bynum opened up Amare for 28 points that day. That was when the Lakers were still looking up at the Suns who had eliminated The Show the previous spring. Amare looked mighty "soft" that day.

Looking forward to seeing this "new" Nuggets team and how they match up...GO LAKERS and thanks Clips & GS!!!


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