Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 120-106 loss to Oklahoma City
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan breaks down the Lakers' late-game turnovers in their 120-106 loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday.
--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Jackson's concerns about the Lakers' sense of urgency entering the Thunder game.
--The Times' Mark Heisler criticizes the Lakers' lack of "urgency."
--The Orange County Register's Ding lists five things the Lakers need to fix before the playoffs begin.
--The Oklahoman's Mayberry argues the Thunder will be a dangerous team in the playoffs.
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin analyzes how the Western Conference standings shape up.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano lists the positives and negatives from the Lakers' losses.
--The Daily Thunder's Royce Young credits OKC's effort in crunch time.
Television appearances: Lakers forward Pau Gasol will appear on in the final episode Univision's "Eva Luna" tonight at 8 p.m. As far as we know, he won't be saving people's lives from a car accident like he did in "CSI: Miami." Speaking of Gasol, he appeared in a "Where's Pau Now" online game connected with Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Tweet of the Day: "If the Lakers do not win the title, it will be because their bench let them down." -- lazenby (Lakers author Roland Lazenby)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "No less than ten days ago a large swath of Laker fans were giddy and gushing about the playoff run they saw coming just around the corner. 17-1 record since All-star game. Best ever since the break. Unstoppable! Today, a large swath of Laker fans are weeping and gnashing their teeth about the playoff crash they see coming just around the corner. Five game losing streak. Worst since the arrival of Pau in '08. First-round crash! How do we explain this? I double-checked the NBA transactions wire. Nope, no franchise altering, team-identity swaps were made. Free agents? No recent additions. Injuries? Discounting bumps and bruises, nothing to speak of.
Feuds? Othering than the seasonal onset of black mamba venom, nothing newsworthy or unexpected. Coaching changes? Ownership turbulence? No and no again. Chicken Little screams, "bauk-bauk-bauk... the sky is falling!" The Hare laughs, "What, ME worry!?" And somewhere between the extremes lies future reality. Welcome to the E-Ticket ride known as the Los Angeles Lakers! Enjoy the ride until it comes to a full and complete stop. Resist the temptation to declare your judgments until it is over. Both Chicken-Little and the Hare wish they had done so!" -- LakerMike
-- Mark Medina
Photo: Kobe Bryant loses control of the ball as he's defended by Thunder guards Thabo Sefolosha and Russell Westbrook late in the game Sunday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times