Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 93-81 Game 2 loss to Dallas Mavericks
-- 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 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 Times' Bresnahan catches up with former Laker Caron Butler.
-- The Times' Lisa Dillman highlights Dirk Nowitzki's performance.
--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' Mark Heisler believes the Lakers' Game 2 loss to Dallas will come back to bite them.
--The Orange County Register's Ding argues the Lakers need to play with more confidence.
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
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