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Lakers' 100-91 loss to Sacramento Kings prompts concerns

December 27, 2011 |  8:30 am

Sportswriters and commentators look at the Lakers' 100-91 loss to the Sacramento Kings
Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' fourth-quarter flameout in their 100-91 loss Monday to the Sacramento Kings. Bresnahan also notes that forward Josh McRoberts has a sprained left thumb but says he wants to play Tuesday against Utah. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on the Lakers' poor defense. 

--The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones highlights the Kings' ability to withstand the Lakers' late-game rally. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes that the Lakers have lost two consecutive games for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Coach Mike Brown's comments that rebounding will determine how long Devin Ebanks keeps his starting job.

--The Sacramento Bee's Jones says Kings Coach Paul Westphal plans to limit minutes. 

--The Daily News' Teaford explains that the Lakers are playing in a more rugged style. 

Sidebars

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that the Lakers visited a cryotherapy clinic Monday before their game against Sacramento. 

Blogs

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

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark explains why he thinks the Lakers aren't a championship team.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano focuses on a few points concerning the Lakers' loss.  

--Sactown Royalty's Tom Ziller notes that Marcus Thornton beat Kobe Bryant at his own game. 

Tweet of the Day: "Sacramento just moved closer to a new arena. Drive to keep the Kings has been fueled by emotion, and beating Lakers is an emotional boost." -- SHowardCooper (NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "We have guys like Troy Murphy, Josh McRoberts, Luke Walton, Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, and Jason Kapono all playing roles for this years squad. No NBA team can win when you have this many bench fillers on your team. That's half of the team right there. And I'm not including Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock, Ron Artest, and Derek Fisher; who are either too young, too old, or too nutty. I'm putting an asterisk on this season.

Mitch needs to find a way to get some players. Dwight and DWill would be nice, but right now we need 2-3 more guys who can compete and defend against 1st string NBA players." --Gilberto Rocky Portillo

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant tries to drive past Kings guard Marcus Thornton on Monday night in Sacramento. Credit: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images


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