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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for the postseason

April 15, 2011 |  9:15 am


--The Times' Mike Bresnahan will host a live chat today at 11 a.m. There's surely plenty to talk about, considering the Lakers are beginning their playoff quest, but be sure to ask him about his storied eight-man-football career.

--Bresnahan notices that the Lakers' are cautiously optimistic about Andrew Bynum, who has a bone bruise in his right knee.

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Kobe Bryant characterizes the Lakers as a "weird" team.'s J.A. Adande wonders how long Bryant can stay on top.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding provides a position-by-position breakdown of the Lakers-Hornets series.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the Lakers-Hornets series.

--Plenty of ESPN writers say they believe a Lakers-Bulls matchup will happen, while some argue that the Lakers have the easiest path to the NBA Finals.

--Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence maintains that the Lakers and the Heat are the teams to beat in the NBA playoffs. offers various video previews of the Lakers-Hornets series.

--The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith explains why the Hornets are "curiously upbeat" about their matchup with the Lakers.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford draws from the Lakers' regular-season performance and explains why their postseason could be a "slog."'s Mike Trudell previews the Lakers-Hornets matchup.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues that Bryant needs to control his emotions during the playoffs.

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski says he believes that Bryant's fury is a blessing and a curse.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore features the website's first power poll.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides a playoff wish list.

Tweets of the Day: "Had a great time with the fellas tonight! Looking forward to a hard practice tomorrow! 16 wins! Let's Go!" -- Andrew Bynum (Lakers center Andrew Bynum)

"Steve's doing well btw to all that have been asking! Thanks for your supports, thoughts, prayers and concerns! :)" -- kristenblake2 (Kristen Blake, wife of Lakers guard Steve Blake)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm predicting a first round sweep. I hope DJ MBenga doesn't decide to rough up Pau with some judo." -- ChicNstu

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant reacts after making a shot against the Kings in the third quarter on Wednesday night in Sacramento. Credit: Cary Edmondson / US Presswire