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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 98-92 Game 3 loss to Dallas Mavericks

May 7, 2011 | 11:10 am

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 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. 

Game stories

--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.

Sidebars

--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.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears focuses on Bryant's optimism. 

Columns

--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.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick details the Lakers' unraveling. 

--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.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues Gasol's poor play in the 2010 NBA playoffs will hurt his legacy with the Lakers.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the game. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore sums up the Lakers' situation this way: "the magic is over."

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers' loss to the Mavericks. 

Interview

I talk with Laker Nation's David Brickley and Jason Riley about the Lakers' Game 3 loss to Dallas in the audio interview below. 

Mark Medina on Laker Nation

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

--Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com

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


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