Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Game 5 against New Orleans
--The Times' Broderick Turner explains the adjustments the Lakers plan to make on Hornets guard Chris Paul.
--The Times' Mark Heisler wonders if the Lakers will get out of their funk.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding relishes the Bryant-Paul matchup.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky wonders if Bryant is being an ironman or just stubborn.
--The Times-Picayune's Nakia Hogan details Trevor Ariza's settling in with New Orleans.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen notes Bryant's insistence that he'll play in Game 5.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe looks at the Lakers' playoff inconsistencies.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin covers Bryant's refusal to get diagnostic tests on his ankle.
--The Daily News' Jill Painter mentions the difference in the way the Lakers and Bryant are characterizing the injury. The Lakers say his left ankle is sprained, while Bryant says the injury is more to his foot.
--The Times-Picayune's John Reid explains how Paul has helped the Hornets surpass expectations.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at which combinations the Lakers should have with their front line.
--Hornets 24/7's Ryan Schwan believes the Lakers are more dangerous with Bryant being limited because that means more shots will go to his teammates.
Tweet of the Day: "As long as Kobe is taking chances w/no MRI, he should go whole hog and play without taping the ankle. AK #DudeJustGetAnMRI" -- ESPNLandoLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "n the past, Lamar has stepped up when Kobe has been hurt. Lamar is a winner. It is winning time. Pau needs to have a great game eventually in this series. Tonight is the night. They should feed the ball inside to Drew and he needs to go strong to the basket. Who do they have that can stop him? We need a few bicep plays from Ron to turn the momentum. Fish will hit some key heart crushing threes that get written about for years to come. The B's will come in and make them wish the starters would come back. We can't just beat them. Then, it is still a series. We need to destroy them. Tonight is the night. Tonight, we got Jack. Go Lakers!" -- Lakerholic
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: New Orleans Hornets forward Trevor Ariza (1) leaps near the basket against L.A. Lakers forward Pau Gasol, (16) during the first half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Sunday. Credit: Gerald Herbert / AP