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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 93-86 loss to Portland Trail Blazers

April 9, 2011 | 10:30 am

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Note: I will be interviewing Lakers forward Matt Barnes today where I will ask him fan questions. Leave your questions in the comment threads below and I will select the best 10. 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahn details the Lakers poor performance in their 93-86 loss Friday to the Portland Trail Blazers.

--The Columbian's Matt Calkins says Portland was motivated to beat the Lakers so the Blazers could avoid them in the playoffs. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes the Lakers look uninspired.

--The Oregonian's Jason Quick looks at how the Lakers brought out Portland's best effort. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford describes Jackson characterizing the Lakers' effort against Portland as "lazy."

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan details Andrew Bynum's food poisoning.

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Phil Jackson's refusal to state his preference for a first-round opponent.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the Lakers' lacking inside game. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reflects back on Jackson's coaching career.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports that Kobe Bryant endorses Brian Shaw should he be the Lakers' next head coach.

Columns

--The Oregonian's John Canzano believes the Trail Blazers beat up the Lakers. 

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper argues the Lakers' road to repeat gets bumpier without homecourt advantage. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin notices the Lakers have been through similar struggles.

--The Oregonian's Mike Tikito argues the Lakers' lack of effort left them unable to match Portland's speed. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz highlights how Jackson questions the team's professionalism.

Blogs

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

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game through a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore believes the Lakers will be fine, but acknowledges the Lakers' four-game losing streak will cost them in the standings. 

Tweet of the Day: "Phil Jackson's unhappy: "These guys just don't want to play hard right now." No argument here." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"My God this Laker team is frusterating! They go 17-1 and look unbeatable and now they're loosing again. This team looks bipolar, with their ups and downs of the reguler season I don't know if they can measure up to the elite teams in the playoffs.

The last 3 years it was easier for them to get into the finals because the western conferance wasn't as good. This year it's tougher and now the Spur's have home court advantage. For a team trying to make a 4th consecutive finals appearance they're taking the hard road to get there. I'm still optimistic but not as confident this year, and believe home court advantage would've helped espicially trying to 3peat." -- John Solano

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson shouts instructions to the Lakers during the fourth quarter Friday night in Portland. Credit: Rick Bowmer / Associated Press / April 9, 2011


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