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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 120-106 loss to Oklahoma City

April 11, 2011 | 10:43 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan breaks down the Lakers' late-game turnovers in their 120-106 loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes that Kobe Bryant avoided his teammates following the Lakers' loss to the Thunder. 

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen faults the Lakers' defense. 

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry mentions how this is the first time the Thunder won at Staples Center. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford praises the Lakers' effort but notes that the loss significantly affects the team's playoff seeding. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Broderick Turner talks to Thunder center Kendrick Perkins about his critical remarks concerning Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson and Bryant.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen explains why Jackson is unsatisfied with Shannon Brown's play. 

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Jackson's concerns about the Lakers' sense of urgency entering the Thunder game.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler criticizes the Lakers' lack of "urgency."

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick argues the Lakers are lacking toughness. 

--The Orange County Register's Ding lists five things the Lakers need to fix before the playoffs begin.

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegal explains how Kendrick Perkins' presence softened up the champs. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden credits Perkins' toughness against the Lakers. 

--The Oklahoman's Mayberry argues the Thunder will be a dangerous team in the playoffs. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin looks at how the Lakers' fifth consecutive loss changes their playoff positioning. 

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton expects the Lakers to increase their intensity come playoff time, but believes the team's poor play is coming at the wrong time. 

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine explains Ron Artest's planned comedy tour this summer. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Oklahoma City. 

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin analyzes how the Western Conference standings shape up.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the Lakers' loss in a running diary. 

--Silver Screen and Rolls' DexterFishmore feels more disturbed about the Lakers' loss to the Thunder than the team's previous four losses. 

--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


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