Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Game 3 against Dallas Mavericks
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan will be hosting a live chat today at 2:30 p.m. using the Cover It Live Interface. It's just a hunch, but it's possible there's a few things to talk about heading into Game 3 of the Lakers-Mavericks West semifinals series. Though the Lakers have a 2-0 deficit, Bresnahan details how the Lakers are remaining calm.
--The Times' T.J. Simers believes the Lakers will still beat the Mavericks.
--The Times' Mark Heisler believes injuries, advancing age and a lack of hunger has contributed to the Lakers' woes.
--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick remains perplexed about the team's even-keel attitude.
Tweet of the Day: "i don't know who phil will start for ron but it wouldn't surprise me if he went walton ... my thinking is the rotation can be relatively normal with walton in ron's place - with probably more kobe at 3 throught game" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Well, I agree with Barkley, the Lakers are Done. But man, I still have to watch this series out. I just have to. That's what real fans do - they continue to watch and support the team even if it's very painful to do so.
My wife asked me years ago: "Why are you still watching the Lakers if they're losing?" The only thing I could come up with was, "Because I'm a fan, and that's what fans do." I'll be watching Friday and Sunday, enjoying the Mom's day weekend, celebrating with families and friends, partying, and and win or lose, I'm still watching my team to the (bitter?) end. Thanks." -- Rob in L.A.
-- Mark Medina
Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson disagrees with a referee's call during Game 2 Wednesday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.