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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 1 of Lakers-Mavericks series

May 2, 2011 |  9:41 am

Photo: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) works in the post against Lakers forward Lamar Odom during the second half of a regular-season game at Staples Center. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire / March 31, 2011 --The Times' Broderick Turner presents the challenges Dallas will present against the Lakers. Turner also previews the various matchups in the series.

--The Times' Mark Heisler looks at the fact the Lakers and Mavericks lack a playoff rivalry.

--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan explains what the Mavericks have done to hold Kobe Bryant below his season average.

--The Dallas Morning News' Tim Cowlishaw believes the Mavericks aren't yet equipped to beat the Lakers.

--Sports Illustrated's Brian Hendrickson previews the Lakers-Mavericks series.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper looks at what Brian Shaw could bring as the Lakers' next head coach.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky details Sunday's practice.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen details how the Lakers plan to attack Dallas' zone defense.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller outlines the importance that the Lakers take Game 1.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 23 reasons to watch the Lakers-Mavericks series.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues the Lakers should have nothing to worry about regarding the Mavericks.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Derek Fisher's role in the Lakers-Mavericks series.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz believes Phil Jackson is sensitive to his needling words coming back to haunt him.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound provides five keys to the Lakers-Mavericks series.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett analyzes the Mavericks' offense.

Tweet of the Day: "Bless those who protect & serve." -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: Andrew Bynum is the key to the Lakers success now and for years to come. I work in a psychological field as a case manager, and I find it so refreshing to see a young athlete take a serious interest in self-growth, and value psychology as a tool for improving his game. I am starting to become a believer in Young Bynum. I just hope that he realizes that he is by far the biggest man on the court, and that his potential is limitless. He can learn from Kobe in the sense that he has reached the championship pinnacle at a young age, and through a dedication to be the best at his position, he could ultimately stand with the other Laker "giants" as one of the greatest centers ever to play the game." -- TNTLakerFan

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) works in the post against Lakers forward Lamar Odom during the second half of a regular-season game at Staples Center. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire / March 31, 2011


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