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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for San Antonio Spurs

April 12, 2011 |  8:30 am

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' confident attitude and mentions that Kobe Bryant's technical foul from Sunday's game against Oklahoma City was rescinded.

--NBA.com's David Aldridge picks Lakers forward Lamar Odom as the NBA's sixth man of the year. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr lists 10 things the Lakers need to fix before the playoffs start.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger dissects the Lakers' five-game losing streak. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky looks at what would make a Lakers-Thunder playoff series so compelling.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe explains why Kobe Bryant is on his second all-NBA team. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details the Lakers' quest to end their losing streak. 

--The San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald wonders whether the Spurs will play with their full lineup Tuesday against the Lakers considering they have the No. 1 seed locked up. McDonald also mentioned Spurs forward Tim Duncan could use a good performance against the Lakers.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at the different playoff scenarios the Lakers might face.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell also breaks down the team's playoff picture.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz wonders what's the next plot twist involving the Lakers. 

--Fox Sports West has a new Facebook app where you can vote for the top five Lakers of all time. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano mentions how the Lakers have been through similar struggles.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark notices how Lakers opponents do well in crunch time. 

Tweet of the Day: "This Laker team takes me back to my '88 team when we had to win 3 7 game series to win the championship. Get ready for a tough playoff run." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"OKC and Dallas both won tonight...GOOD! The Lakers don't need any wiggle room to hold on to the #2 seed. They need to beat SA and Sactown to hold on. Might as well simulate a wee bit of playoff pressure. SA will have motivation to beat the Lakers to try to hold on to the best overall record. If SA lose to the Lakers and finish tied with the Bulls then Chicago would win the tie-breaker between them. They split the season series and would have the same record within their conference, but the Bulls have a better record vs. playoff teams in the east than SA have vs. playoff teams in the west. (Of course, none of this matters because SA ain’t getting to the finals!)" -- LRob

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant comes up with a rebound in front of Spurs guard George Hill in a game in March at San Antonio. Credit: Larry W. Smith / EPA / March 6, 2011


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