Caught in the Web: Previewing Lakers-Mavericks series
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how Andrew Bynum is different from Shaquille O'Neal.
--The Times' Lisa Dillman looks at the Pau Gasol-Dirk Nowitzki matchup.
--The Times' Mark Heisler pokes fun at the storylines surrounding the Heat-Celtics series.
--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore highlights Bynum's success in the Lakers-Hornets series.
--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan explains the importance that Tyson Chandler performs well against the Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding compares and contrasts Kobe Bryant with Dirk Nowitzki.
--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper believes the Lakers' swagger is back.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talks with ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon about the Lakers-Mavericks series in their latest podcast.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen explains why the Lakers don't expect their recent hostilities against Dallas to carry over. Lassen also highlights the Lakers' contention that their competitive first-round series against New Orleans helped prepare them for Dallas.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin provides an injury update to Kobe Bryant.
--Lakers.com's Ty Nowell puts together a must-see video poking fun at The Times' Broderick Turner and his basketball shooting.
--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko highlights DeShawn's Stevenson's contention that Chandler will respond if the Lakers try to "punk 'em."
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford features Matt Barnes' avoidance of trash talking on Mavericks guard Jason Terry.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Bryant's injury.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explains the importance of Barnes' physicality in the Mavericks series.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das provides a positional breakdown of the Lakers-Mavericks series.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano analyzes the Lakers' offense.
Tweet of the Day: The Lakers will struggle in the 1/2 court if they do not get the ball moving from side to side! They play a LOADED defense like Boston" -- coachdavemiller (710 ESPN NBA analyst Dave Miller)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: This will be a great series (Lakers-Mavericks), but if Lakers don't give up any home games like they did to the Hornets in game 1 then the Lakers should be fine becuz it is not that difficult to win in Dallas. Dallas is nowhere near as difficult as playing at Portland or at Boston, or at OKC. Lakers have the talent, size, depth,and Kobe Bryant to sweep Dallas but even as a devout Laker fan I don't think L.A will sweep Dallas becuz of Dirk and Dallas is kinda fiesty.
Matt Barnes will do anything to beat the Mavs after wat happened in L.A when the Lakers blew out the Mavs by 28 becuz Jason Terry was tryin' to fight Matt Barnes and Steve Blake. Also Lakers have KOBE BEAN BRYANT, which is the most obvious advantage (also Lakers size obviously); but Mavericks have Dirk Nowitzki, but if Pau Gasol finally starts playing better, Pau and Dirk matchup great and Pau could make Dirk work.
Also when Odom comes off the bench he can guard Dirk. I think L.A just has too many weapons. All Lakers must do is watch the shooters (Peja Stoujakavic, Jason Terry, Stevenson, Jason Kidd) and watch Dirk and L.A should be fine. Kobe should average 26-30ppg and 6apg and Bynum should dominate, Pau should be around 18 and 10, the bench should do well." -- jordan
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Photo: The Lakers' chances of advancing to the Western Conference finals could hinge on how well Lakers forward Pau Gasol, left, plays against Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki. Credit: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press