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


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."


--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.


--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.


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


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

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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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People don't have love for Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and the Lakers?! Well let it be known!


100% agree. If it's not the Lakers, it's Boston that Stern and his chronies want in the finals. The Lakers only won last year because Perkins got hurt and they got the calls in Staples. You think it's a coincidence that Boston beat LA a couple years ago for the title after Boston had been the media darlings all year for getting Garnett and Allen? Please...

It's pathetic how predictable the NBA is.

If it hasn't been the Lakers or the Celtics, it's been the Jordan Bulls. The NBA has become a master of riding the hot hand in popularity. Michael Jordan got so many games handed to him by the refs, it's pathetic. They do the same thing Kobe, and before with Shaq, they do it with Boston, and now Miami with Wade and James.

Portland should have at least 2 or 3 more titles than they do dating all the way back to when Drexler was playing, when they got screwed by the Bulls' Refs. Sacramento should have at least 1. There are other examples, but honestly, what's the point? We all know the NBA will come through and make sure the Lakers play the HEAT in the Finals this year. That's what the "majority" of "fans" want to see. That's the match that will give them the biggest ratings, provided those teams don't beat themselves. I use the term "fans" here EXTREMELY loosely. Bandwagoners. Fair Weather fans. Whatever you want to call them.

Good job to Portland last night. They EARNED that win. They were the better team."

Posted by: NBAmeetsWWE | April 09, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Your points are worth making again, so I took the liberty.

Go Kings/Royals!


"These guys just don't want to play hard right now," Jackson said, later adding, "It's no fun to go through these games like this when you're coaching."

There it is in a nutshell. The Lakers just aren't interested or motivated. They all make enormous salaries, but don't feel like they need to put forth their hardest effort. It's inexcusable and unacceptable.

If the Lakers don't care about the regular season games, then neither do I. I'm skipping watching the last three regular season games and I'll catch up with them for the playoffs.

After all, who wants to watch a team that just doesn't care?

"...the Lakers play the HEAT in the Finals this year."

Posted by: NBAmeetsWWE | April 09, 2011 at 10:32 AM


Now that's what I'm talking about. Lakers in 6! No way will the Bulls be able to withstand the limelight and the will of the Lakers in a Finals matchup. Not this year, or next. There's a reason why no team in the NBA wants to play the Lakers in the post season. I am not concerned about this slump at all. It's attributable to a lot of things but one thing is certain: it's not because they "suck."

"We're worried about our execution. That's all we did then and that's all we'll do now." #24 K. Bryant

"Everything about the Lakers is geared toward winning playoff games. It's what they do." J.A. Adande

"Even when we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Bus

"...they're shaking like virgins on prom night."
viewer comment by faithdalakerfan @ 10:03 pm

Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

Good article by Matt Calkins on the Blazers motivation was to win to help avoid a first round matchup vs. LA.

@John Solano - congrats on the Friedman

@Lew - The song was cool, but it was hard to get past the Band's name.

@GDub - I'm a fan of 311 also. Nice. I know mclyne will agree :-)


Posted by: John | April 09, 2011 at 10:09 AM

I really doubt there will be such headlines if they do repeat,
but I think I know what you mean...and since you put it all in CAPS...

Really...I mean how could they doubt the World Champion Lakers? could they?

You've got a 95 million dollar payroll,
the blessing and blatant assistance of the NBA...
and the media.
I can anyone doubt the World Champs?
I would ask, rather, how is it even possible for the Lakers not to win,
or at least be given every opportunity.

What I don't get, is how any true fan of the game
can take pride in such hollow accomplishments...
unless of course, they don't think they're hollow?

And then I remembered...
Most of you think they mean something to anyone but you.
ROFLMAO...did I get that right?

The boys are tired.
The fresh crews have arrived.

Go Kings/Royals!
Go San Francisco Giants!
Go Niners!


Phil says Lakers just don't want to play hard right now.

Well, by not playing hard, they're blowing home court advantage for a "possible" finals appearance.

By not playing hard, the Lakers now have identical records as the Heat and Celtics: 55-24.

Question: Do you think the Lakers can beat Boston or Miami without HCA? Be honest, now.

"Question: Do you think the Lakers can beat Boston or Miami without HCA? Be honest, now.

Posted by: Rob in L.A. | April 09, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Right now they can't even beat Cleveland, so the answer to the above is NO - HELL NO!

"If the Lakers don't care about the regular season games, then neither do I. I'm skipping watching the last three regular season games and I'll catch up with them for the playoffs.

After all, who wants to watch a team that just doesn't care?

Posted by: Rob in L.A. | April 09, 2011 at 11:14 AM

AGREED! TIVO experiment is on for the last 3 regular season games, for me. My cardiac system needs the rest anyway.

Also, I ownder if Buss would actually pay some attention if the season ticket holders started to complain about these lazy, disinterested efforts.................?


Question: Do you think the Lakers can beat Boston or Miami without HCA? Be honest, now.

Posted by: Rob in L.A. | April 09, 2011 at 11:47 AM

yes, they CAN, for sure. "WILL they?" is the proper question, and it can't be answered until the games are played, assuming the games are played.

"Question: Do you think the Lakers can beat Boston or Miami without HCA? Be honest, now."

Posted by: Rob in L.A. | April 09, 2011 at 11:47 AM

My answer is yes
-Lakers have the 2nd best road record in the NBA
-That record plays favorable to the team with the 2-3-2 format
-The team and its staff have more NBA Finals experience than any other team in the NBA and Boston doesn't count. They've won one ring since their "glory days" of the 80's. That's a drought that spoiled Lakers fans can never endure nor will they have to as long as Dr. Buss is in town.

HCA makes things easier, no doubt but perhaps "easy" is not in this particular team's best interest. The fact that it will be conceptually more difficult to win their respective conference and the Finals is what will keep this team motivated, challenged and focused to win it all for their beloved mentor, coach and above all else, themselves.

It's no secret that if they bring this uninspired, unfocused and lazy play into the post season, they will be "one & done" but I ask this: does anyone believe that this team really "stinks" that bad that they will bring that type of play into the playoffs? I really don't think so. They'll lose a couple of games in each series due to mental mistakes which leads to lackluster play, but they will not be outplayed in a series, so I'm going to reserve all of my criticism until then.

Question: Do you think the Lakers can beat Boston or Miami without HCA? Be honest, now.

Posted by: Rob in L.A. | April 09, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Rounding in to playoff form eh?

Okay, so we just lost homecourt to Miami. Next up: Boston. Way to go. Why can't we have a respectable team? I will now officially retire the term "Big Purple Machine" as that would suggest the team is unbeatable.

On the bright side: At least they were "gracious" enough to give us that 17-1 sort-of-streak. That's more than last year's squad did.


Nice to see you back from the extended hibernation during the 17-1 run. Was it Bynum's food poisoning yesterday that reminded you of Kobe's fate prior to gm 2 in 2002 that brought you back? Remember, after Kobe and the Lakers had taken HCA away from the Kings with a dominating game 1 performance he was food poisoned.


Bryant, who scored 30 points in the Lakers' 106-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings in Game 1 on Saturday, ate a bacon cheeseburger and a piece of cheesecake from hotel room service on Sunday night.

He began to feel ill about 1 a.m., and he called Lakers trainer Gary Vitti three hours later. "He was doubled over like a shrimp," Vitti said. "Anybody who's been there before knows what he was going through."

if miami and boston win the next 3 games then they will have a better record than the lakers at least the tie breaker. earlier this year the priest was preaching for the lakers to play better but delusional fans said that it was only the practise season. now la will not have hca against any likely ecf foe. the last time la didn't have hca boston embarrassed us 131-92 in clinching game 6. this ring will be the most difficult unlike last year. the regular season do mean something.

Question: Do you think the Lakers can beat Boston or Miami without HCA? Be honest, now.

Posted by: Rob in L.A. | April 09, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Yes they can,the Lakers was tied for 2nd best road record in the Nba going into last nights game.So thats all i need to know and if you notice when ever they have motivation to win a big game they always come through.Check their record recently.I would expect a win sunday to shut up the doubters.

Go Lakers!



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