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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 96-94 Game 1 loss to Dallas Mavericks

May 3, 2011 | 12:24 pm

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' poor execution in their 96-94 Game 1 loss to Dallas.

--The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams details the Lakers' unraveling. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding blames the Lakers' loss on Kobe Bryant peaking too soon, Bryant lacking any support and Dallas playing like a veteran team.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen details the Lakers' unraveling.

--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko argues the Mavericks proved they're not soft.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers coughed up a 16-point third-quarter lead. 


--The Times' Bresnahan explains Luke Walton's lack of playing time.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr wonders if Bryant is truly clutch.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen highlights Phil Jackson's apology to the Maloof family.

--The Daily News' Teaford explains Kobe Bryant's practice routine. 


--The Times' Broderick Turner details Andrew Bynum's poor night.

--The Daily News' Jill Painter praises Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for constructing a good team. 

--The Times' Lisa Dillman credits the Mavericks' balance in Game 1.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick praises Dirk Nowitzki's contributions. 


--The Times' Bill Plaschke believes the Mavericks played tougher and with more will in Game 1.

--The Times' T.J. Simers believes Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would be a good choice to own the Dodgers.

--The Times' Mark Heisler faults the Lakers for not executing their game plan.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignorebelieves the Lakers handed the Mavericks the game. 

--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan praises the Mavericks' persistence. 

--The Orange County Register's Ding wonders whether the Lakers will come to work.'s Scott Howard-Cooper credits Dallas for keeping its composure. 

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel doesn't believe the Mavericks can win a title. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden argues Bryant's contention that he's worried about the Lakers are warranted. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi believes Dallas' size will give the Lakers problems. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin noticed the Lakers had problems changing Dallas' game. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller wonders if Bryant's teammates will help him out in Game 2.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Pratton praises the Mavericks' fight.'s Sekou Smith highlights Pau Gasol's disappearing act late in the game.'s Marc Stein believes the Lakers are losing their luster. 

--The Dallas Morning News' Bob Sturnum believes the Mavericks have a good shot at beating the Lakers. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues the Lakers threw Game 1 away. 


--Pro Basketball's Kurt Helin faults the Lakers for not running a cohesive offense. 

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark has a great headline: "Phil Jackson is breaking eggs in hopes of an omelet."

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers' poor execution. 

--NBA Playbook's Sebastian Pruiti breaks down the Lakers' late-game turnover. 

Tweet of the Day:"The @Lakers threw the game away and did not execute well in the 4th. Gasol & Bynum are going to have to dominate more." -- Magic Johnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Memo to Team: YESTERDAY was time to flip the switch. " -- Jon K.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after missing a last-second three-pointer against Dallas, which took Game 1, 96-94, Monday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / May 2, 2011