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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 93-88 Game 4 loss to New Orleans Hornets

April 25, 2011 | 10:51 am

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-- 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 New York Times' Karen Crouse credits New Orleans for surviving the final moments of Game 4. 

-- 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.

Sidebars

-- The Times' Broderick Turner explains why the Lakers had trouble guarding Paul.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande highlights Paul's performance. 

-- The Orange County Register's Ding mentions how Bryant plans to play in Game 5 despite the injured left ankle. 

--The Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith highlights Paul's triple double effort. 

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Notebooks

-- 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 Times-Picayune's Brendan McCarthy reports Caracter hit a pregnant waitress at a local IHop in New Orleans, and was charged for battery, public intoxication and resisting arrest. 

-- The Daily News' Teaford highlights Hornets Coach Monty Williams' contention that the Lakers' bigs have committed many uncalled three-second violations.

Columns

-- The Times' T.J. Simers believes the Lakers' performance against the Hornets shows they will have even more trouble against future opponents.

--The Times-Picayune's John DeShazier credits the Hornets for responding to the pressure. 

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper believe Paul's best is yet to come. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin wonders if the Lakers have an answer for stopping Paul. 

-- Fox Sports' Billy Witz says the Lakers need to figure out how to defend Paul soon. 

Blogs

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott praises Jarrett Jack's clutchness. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer scolds Caracter for his arrest.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues Paul is single-handedly beating the Lakers. 

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

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore believes the Hornets might actually have a shot to win the series. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano faults the Lakers' rebounding effort. 

--Lakers Nation's Daniel Buerge laments the Lakers' defense on Paul. 

--At the Hive's Rohan marvels at Paul. 

--Hornets 24/7's Joe Gerrity argues Paul put together one of the greatest performances in NBA history. 

 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

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

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


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