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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Game 4 against Dallas Mavericks

May 8, 2011 | 10:36 am

Photo: Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd forces a jump ball with Lakers forward Lamar Odom during Game 3 on Friday night in Dallas. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times  --The Times' Mike Bresnahan says the Lakers' struggles against Dallas has a similar feel to 2004 when the Lakers lost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals and then made significant roster changes.

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains how the Lakers are preparing for the difficult task in overcoming a 0-3 deficit to the Dallas Mavericks.

--The Times' Mark Heisler notes that the Lakers and Celtics are on the decline for similar reasons.'s J.A. Adande looks at the end of the partnership of Jackson and Kobe Bryant.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick details how Pau Gasol's handling the criticism for his poor postseason play.'s Ken Berger looks at the possibility of the Lakers getting Dwight Howard in the offseason. 

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore says an 0-3 deficit will be too hard for the Lakers to overcome.

--ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher argues the Lakers need to make plenty of changes during the offseason. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky lists things to watch in Game 4. 

--ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon credits Brendan Haywood's efforts against the Lakers. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin features comments from Gasol and Bryant about Internet reports suggesting Gasol's relationships problems have hurt his on-court play. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller explores Ron Artest's off-beat comments.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton explains why the Lakers aren't close out games. Patton also highlights Phil Jackson's contention that he's not thinking this might be his last game

--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko notices the Mavericks aren't getting consumed with possibly sweeping the Lakers. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears focuses on Jackson's refusal to wax sentiments on his Hall of Fame coaching career just yet.'s Sekou Smith explains why Bryant remains confident about the Lakers' chances to come back. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford wonders if this is the last game for Jackson.'s Mike Trudell details Saturday's practice. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz details how the Lakers are handling with the possibility this could be their last game. 

--The Orange County Registers' Randy Youngman lists 10 reasons the Lakers are about to get eliminated in the playoffs.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark reflects on Jackson's coaching career. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano previews Game 4. 

Tweet of the Day: "Just as you wonderful moms out there love your kids, love for this Lakers team is unwavering. Bring your best & no regrets. #Lakers" -- Jeanie Buss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "No matter the outcome of game 4 tomorrow, I will always support my Lakers team and be a Lakers fan till the end. I live in Dallas, Texas, and I wear my Lakers t-shirt with pride whether they are losing or winning" -- Buddy

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd forces a jump ball with Lakers forward Lamar Odom during Game 3 on Friday night in Dallas. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times