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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Game 3 against Dallas Mavericks

May 6, 2011 |  8:00 am

61403703-- 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.

--Fox Sports' Todd Behrendt debates whether the Lakers can recover and win the series. 

--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom argues the Lakers have no answer to stop Dirk Nowitzki.

--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan details Jason Kidd's longevity. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine features a funny photo of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen looks at how Ron Artest's one-game suspension will affect the Lakers. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky dissects the Lakers' poor shooting. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi noticed the Lakers' inconsistency existed long before their 0-2 deficit to Dallas. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details the Lakers' cheerful demeanor during Thursday's practice. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller believes the Lakers can still win the series if they pull together. 

--Fox Sports' West's Matt Mosley details how Mavericks guard J.J. Barea came out of nowhere. 

--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko explains how the Mavericks have thrived defensively against the Lakers. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne looks at how Phil Jackson's calm demeanor has helped secure his 11 championships. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on Artest's one-game suspension.'s Mike Trudell mentions it's unlikely Lamar Odom would start. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark believes the Lakers are currently experiencing karma. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at the tactical mistakes the Lakers are making. 

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.