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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 93-81 Game 2 loss to Dallas Mavericks

May 5, 2011 | 10:04 am

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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' frustration over their 93-81 Game 2 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, including Andrew Bynum's contention that the team has "trust issues."

The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at the odds the Lakers have to overcome from a 0-2 deficit. 

The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen notes this interesting nugget: "Only once in their history have the Lakers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win a playoff series: 1969, when they defeated San Francisco in six games in a first-round series."

--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko notices the Lakers have no answers for stopping Dirk Nowitzki.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at why the Lakers have unraveled. 


-- The Times' Bresnahan catches up with former Laker Caron Butler.

-- The Times' Lisa Dillman highlights Dirk Nowitzki's performance.

-- The Daily News' Jill Painter credits J.J. Barea's effort.'s Marc Stein details how the Mavericks are overcoming the odds. 

--The Dallas Morning News' Bob Sturm credits the Mavericks' defense. 


--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen details the NBA's clarification on officials disallowing Phil Jackson from making a late-game substitution in Game 1. 



-- The Times' Bill Plaschke puts most of the blame on Pau Gasol.

-- The Times' T.J. Simers pokes fun at the Lakers' struggles. 

-- The Times' Mark Heisler believes the Lakers' Game 2 loss to Dallas will come back to bite them.'s J.A. Adande have written the Lakers' off despite Kobe Bryant's insistence to him that he "be careful what you write."

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick believes the Lakers' ending may come sooner than expected. 

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore documents Gasol's inconsistency. 

--The Dallas Morning News' Tim Cowlishaw details the chemistry between Jason Kidd and Jose Barea.

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues the Lakers need to play with more confidence.'s John Hollinger calls the Lakers' chances of three-peating on "life support."'s Scott Howard-Cooper believes it's now time to panic regarding the Lakers' chances to three-peat. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden argues the Mavericks have pushed the Lakers over the edge. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Tim MacMahon believes the Mavericks have been playing like champions. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin wonders what happened to Gasol. 

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton believes the Mavericks are simply a better team than the Lakers. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne believes the Lakers simply don't have any energy left. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz believes the Lakers are on the ropes. 


--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine argues Ron Artest hurt his reputation with his ejection. 

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin believes the Mavericks will continue showing they're able to match the Lakers. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Dallas. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe praises the Mavericks' effort.'s Mike Trudell details the game in a running diary. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore doesn't think the series is over, but concedes the odds are stacked against the Lakers. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano called the Lakers' Game 2 loss to Dallas the "most important game of the season."

Tweet of the Day: "Bynum should have never made those comments publicly. Call a players only meeting and discuss those issues internally with your teammates." -- Magic Johnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "saw a tweet this morning that asked obama to find the lakers since he found the all time hide and go seek champion... couldn't agree any more. they're so asynchronous =[ my facebook timeline was full of people jumping off the bandwagon last night... it was pretty sad. i'm a die hard fan and the team honestly hasn't proven this year that they deserve another ring, except maybe Kobe and Fish.

I can accept and respect dallas being the better basketball team. i can't accept the fact that there's no drive to make this competitive, interesting and entertaining. either way, it's still early. dallas needs to win 2 more games. we need 4. i'll be nervous if we lose game 3 and are down 10+ in the 4th quarter of game 4. heroes are remembered; legends never die. TIME TO WRITE A HISTORY BOOK. LIKE A BOSS" -- soshibo

--Mark Medina

Top Photo: Kobe Bryant remains confident about the Lakers' chances even though the team will hit the road trailing Dallas in their Western Conference semifinal playoff series, 2-0. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times. Bottom Photo: Mavericks point guard Jose Barea is fouled on a drive down the lane by Lakers power forward Pau Gasol during Game 2 on Wednesday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / May 4, 2011