Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 93-88 Game 4 loss to New Orleans Hornets
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan notices the Lakers are stunned after their 93-88 Game 4 loss Sunday to the New Orleans Hornets. He also notes that Kobe Bryant has to leave New Orleans on crutches and that he plans to get an MRI on the sprained left ankle.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding blames the Lakers' effort in their loss to New Orleans.
-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford tells how the Lakers had no answer for Hornets guard Chris Paul.
-- The Times' Broderick Turner explains why the Lakers had trouble guarding Paul.
-- The Times' Bresnahan and Turner report that the Lakers haven't offered contracts to four of their five employees on the training staff in case there is a lockout. They also report that Lakers backup center Derrick Caracter was arrested early Sunday morning in New Orleans after an alleged altercation near the team hotel.
-- The Daily News' Teaford highlights Hornets Coach Monty Williams' contention that the Lakers' bigs have committed many uncalled three-second violations.
-- The Times' T.J. Simers believes the Lakers' performance against the Hornets shows they will have even more trouble against future opponents.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to New Orleans.
Tweet of the Day: "Hornets are a dangerous team. The Lakers aren't playing smart and are making too many mistakes. CP3 is back as one of the top guards." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I expected the 3peat to be difficult, but I'd thought the real challenges would start in the 2nd round. It should be fun around here the next 24 hours because their certainly was enough blame to go around. I didn't see anyone play above average tonight other than Ron and Blake. And Phil and the coaches were just a bad. Anyway props to CP3 for a great game and Trev for a very good one." -- LRob
-- Mark Medina
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Top photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant limps after injuring his left ankle while playing defense on New Orleans' Willie Green in the fourth quarter of Game 4 on April 24, 2011. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Bottom photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, in pain after injuring his left ankle, is helped by forward Ron Artest in the fourth quarter of Game 4 on Sunday night at New Orleans Arena. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times