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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Denver Nuggets

April 3, 2011 | 10:00 am

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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

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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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