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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.

--ESPN.com'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. 

--CBSSports.com'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. 

--NBA.com'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.

--Lakers.com'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 


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