Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 93-86 loss to Portland Trail Blazers
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--The Times' Mike Bresnahn details the Lakers poor performance in their 93-86 loss Friday to the Portland Trail Blazers.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes the Lakers look uninspired.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford describes Jackson characterizing the Lakers' effort against Portland as "lazy."
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reflects back on Jackson's coaching career.
--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin notices the Lakers have been through similar struggles.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz highlights how Jackson questions the team's professionalism.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Portland.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game through a running diary.
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
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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