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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 109-100 Game 1 loss to New Orleans Hornets

April 18, 2011 |  9:00 am

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to split the defense of Hornets power forward Carl Landry and forward Trevor Ariza during the game Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 17, 2011

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan puts the blame mostly on Pau Gasol in the Lakers' 109-100 Game 1 loss Sunday to the New Orleans Hornets.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding pegs the Lakers' loss for these three reasons: New Orlean's guard Chris Paul, the bench outscoring the Lakers' reserves and the Lakers' poor focus.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen presents this interesting nugget about why the Lakers' Game 1 loss shouldn't be so easily dismissed. "None of the team's 11 NBA titles since moving to Los Angeles have come after the team lost its playoff opener. More than that, on the 12 occasions when they've lost the playoff opener, they've been eliminated in the first round nine times. Only once, in 1969, did they advance as far as the Finals."

--The Times-Picayune's John Reid credits the Hornets for not making too many mistakes against the Lakers.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions how the Lakers can't just roll into the playoffs believing victories will be handed to them.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Ron Artest's good game.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes Andrew Bynum's explanation on why the Lakers played "bad basketball."

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen highlights Gasol taking responsibility for his poor performance. 

--The Daily News' Teaford and Jill Painter detail Kobe Bryant's fall at a courtside chair before halftime.

--Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the problems from the Lakers' reserves.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman credits Chris Paul's contributions.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande credits Paul for bringing playoff intensity.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins explains why the Lakers had no answer for Chris Paul.

--The Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith credits the Hornets' bench.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke believes the Lakers played just as poorly against the Hornets as they did in the last stretch of the regular season.

--The Times' T.J. Simers argues things become more exciting when the Lakers struggle because they then have to raise their game.

--The Times' Mark Heisler notices the Lakers are pointing fingers at each other.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore faults the Lakers for not showing up.

--The Times-Picayune's Peter Finney believes the Hornets will win more than just one game in the series.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper credits how Monty Williams has coached the Hornets. 

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton wonders why the Lakers didn't bring playoff intensity. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argued the Lakers' loss to New Orleans was an extension of an inconsistent regular season.

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden describes Gasol's game as soft.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker is surprised about the Lakers' loss to New Orleans.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz believes the Lakers chances in three-peating are fragile. 

Blogs

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues Laker fans shouldn't worry. Yet. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to New Orleans.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the game. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore credits New Orlean's offense and faults the Lakers' offense. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Philip Barnett looks at how the Lakers couldn't defend Paul. 

Tweets of the Day: Lakers forward Lamar Odom (@RealLamarOdom) indicated by his consecutive tweets that he's moved on from the Game 1 defeat: "Tough loss for us 2day. We gotta get back on Wednesday with a W! Thx 4 the support Laker Nation! #nbaplayoffs" An hour later: "New episode of #KhloeAndLamar airs tonight on E! at 10/9central make sure 2 Tune in Live fam. Tune in now east coast!"

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "In all honesty, the Hornets came out to take this game and went all in and it shows. To the last man, they played hard. My Lakers, half and half. SOme played like it was the playoffs, some not so. And I don't want to single players out but Gasol really earned the Gasoft label yesterday. I don't want to label him that but he was yesterday." -- alekesam

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to split the defense of Hornets power forward Carl Landry and forward Trevor Ariza during the game Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 17, 2011


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