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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 95-90 loss to Denver Nuggets

April 4, 2011 | 10:35 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes how the Lakers' 95-90 loss Sunday to the Denver Nuggets contrasted from the team's usual dominance since the All-Star break.

--The Orange County Kevin Ding and the Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen explains how the Nuggets ended the Lakers' nine-game winning streak. 

--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman explains the significance of the Nuggets' win over the Lakers.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details the Lakers' poor late-game stretches.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan explains Lamar Odom's perspective on why Kenyon Martin got the putback over him that secured the Nuggets' victory.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen and the Daily News' Teaford explains why Tex Winter's Hall of Fame induction is bittersweet for Lakers Coach Phil Jackson.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner details how the Lakers' plan to immediately refocus after their loss to Denver.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler believes the Nuggets are a tougher team for the Lakers to handle now that they don't have Carmelo Anthony.

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues the Lakers' loss to Denver doesn't mean much. 

--The Denver Post's Dave Krieger looks at how the Nuggets are different without Anthony.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi notices the Lakers aren't worried about the loss to Denver.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin looks at how the Nuggets improve.

Blogs

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues the Nuggets' victory should get the Thunder worried about its possible first-round matchup with Denver.

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

--NBA.com's Sekou Smith is worried about the Lakers' injuries.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues there's nothing to worry about in the Lakers' loss to Denver.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett dissects the Lakers' poor rebounding and turnovers.

Tweet of the Day:

"The NBA is a weird place! How can a man that plays 0 defense call a 2 time champion soft?" -- AndrewBynum (Lakers center Andrew Bynum)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:

"The fact Tex Winter is not in the basketball HOF at present is almost criminal. This man is to the NBA what John Wooden was to college. By that I am specifically referring the the direct influence on the overall game, as played by overyone at that level, universally. This is not a coaching competition I speak of. Rather, I am only talking about influencing the way the game is played.

At this point, nearly every team in the NBA runs some offensive scheme, at times, that directly references the triangle. Coaches come and go. But how many people really, actually influence the way the game is played...by everyone? This is exactly why Tex not only should be in the HOF, but is the walking embodiment of the HOF." -- Robben F

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to get past the engulfing defense of Nuggets power forward Kenyon Martin in the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, where Denver pulled out a 95-90 victory over L.A. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 3, 2011


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