Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 100-86 victory over New Orleans Hornets
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan believes the Lakers solved their identity crisis in their 100-86 Game 3 victory Friday over the New Orleans Hornets.
--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Pau Gasol's improved performance in Game 3.
--The Daily News' Teaford details the genesis of Kobe Bryant's defensive assignment on Chris Paul in Game 2.
--The Times' Bill Plaschke believes Ron Artest helped set the tone against New Orleans.
--The Times' T.J. Simers wishes Bryant would learn how to score and facilitate in the same game.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over New Orleans.
Tweet of the Day: "My baby hurt himself today... Please pray for him and send him positive vibes for his game tonight! He needs the prayers and energy! ... Ha! I caused "Laker Hysteria" because of my tweet for well wishes to Lam... I guess even when I send positive energy I get criticized" -- KhloeKardashian (Khloe Kardashian, wife of Lakers forward Lamar Odom)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "What we are witnessing is nothing new. Phil Jackson is a master of the 7 game series. Focusing on one team for a playoff series is completely different than that 82-game mess which I (and others who agree) so appropriately refer to as the "practice season" for these champions who we root for. It was interesting this season, but I barely remember it. This IS the Real Season and we are watching it unfold before our eyes once again. Once again our GOAT candidate is getting a feel for the series and doing whatever it takes to get the job done from game to game. Once again our talented 4-5 trio is wearing teams down with their length and skill. 48 minutes of those three guys will wear you down even if one of them isn't playing particularly up to snuff.
Our opponents can muster up only so much to combat these advantages and when you throw in a former DPOY like Artest and a playoff seasoned veteran like D-Fish whose playoff resume is the envy of many superstars in the NBA, and for good measure add veterans like Blake and Barnes with a Shannon Brown who has 2 rings, all of a sudden you can see why the practice season has little meaning and why this is a whole new ballgame. Thank God for the PLAYOFFS!" -- KobeMVP888
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scores over the defense of New Orleans center Emeka Okafor during the first quarter Friday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 22, 2011