Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 98-92 Game 3 loss to Dallas Mavericks
Note: We will have a live chat today at 5 p.m. during the Heat-Celtics game. I figured it'd be a good forum for Laker fans to vent out their frustrations on the team's play, the opponents they're seeing on the screen and everything else in general.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' unraveling in their 98-92 Game 3 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, also reporting that the Lakers held their longest morning shootaround since the 2008 NBA Finals. Obviously, the extra preparation didn't work.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notices the Lakers' emotions are getting the best of them.
--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko looks at Peja Stojakovic's defense on Lamar Odom.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki and Peja Stojakovic for beating the Lakers in Game 3.
--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on Pau Gasol's disappearing act in the NBA playoffs.
--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Phil Jackson's animated pressure on the Lakers' big men.
--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan credits Nowitzki's leadership.
--The Times' Bill Plaschke believes the Lakers' dynasty is ending.
--The Times' T.J. Simers agrees with Kobe Bryant: The Lakers will still end this series.
--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore credits the Lakers' effort, but believes Dallas is now the better team.
--The Orange County Register's Ding describes the Lakers as "chokers."
--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper argues Gasol's poor play is the major factor to the Lakers' demise.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin looks at how the Lakers' underachieved all season.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller is shocked at how poorly the Lakers are playing.
--The Dallas Morning News' David Moore argues the Mavericks are simply the better team.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz blames the Lakers' loss on Ron Artest.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues Gasol's poor play in the 2010 NBA playoffs will hurt his legacy with the Lakers.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore sums up the Lakers' situation this way: "the magic is over."
I talk with Laker Nation's David Brickley and Jason Riley about the Lakers' Game 3 loss to Dallas in the audio interview below.
Tweet of the Day:"Reason the Lakers have been the favorites the past 3 years is it's hard to imagine anyone beating them 4 times in 7 games, but 4 straight?" -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"Watching Pau in these playoffs actually hurts. It could be life threatening. I don't think Pau is done. He is a great player and he will play that way again. But, as Norm McDonald says, What the H? What is going on with him? In the fourth quarter when he had a 15 footer with 3 seconds left on the shot clock but instead passed to Kobe wayyy behind the 3-point line I just thought (dirty word) his (dirty word ) heart just isn't in this. I know that was late in these playoffs to think that. But it was such a simple thing for Pau to face up and shoot. And he didn't. What the H?" -- Tom Daniels
Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson communicates with his players on the court after a basket by the Mavericks in the fourth quarter of Game 3 on Friday night in Dallas. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times