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Lakers' loss to Bulls receives mixed reviews

December 26, 2011 | 11:58 am

Kobe Bryant

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the late-game breakdowns in the Lakers' 88-87 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bulls. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding noticed Lakers Coach Mike Brown trying to keep Kobe Bryant's spirits up after the game.

--The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson credits Derrick Rose's game-winner and the Bulls' defensive plays late in the game. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the Lakers blowing an 11-point lead to Chicago. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan explains how the Lakers are approaching playing three games in consecutive nights. 

--The Chicago Tribune's Johnson highlights Deng's effort. 

--The Daily News' Teaford also focuses on the Lakers' compacted schedule. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Ben Bolch spotlights the contributions from Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr  says Bryant played well, aside from the eight turnovers. 

--ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell explains how Rose's leadership inspired the Bulls in the fourth quarter. Friedell also credits Deng's effort

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke contends the Lakers can't rely solely on Bryant.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore  says how the Lakers ended the game was a bad Christmas present. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin insists the Lakers still displayed encouraging signs. 

--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell notices the Lakers' attempt to find a silver lining after the loss. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller says Mike Brown questioned Bryant's judgment on his late-game turnover. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne notices that the Lakers are a more rugged team. 

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer relives Derrick Rose's game-winning shot. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky presents postgame videos.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers final-minute collapse. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe argues the Lakers are out of championship contention. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the Lakers-Bulls game through a running diary. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard breaks down the Lakers' loss to Chicago. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark believes Bryant tried to do too much. 

Tweet of the Day:

"Dwight Howard answering questions about his future is getting old. I look forward to him being traded to the Lakers sooner rather than later" -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles columnist Arash Markazi)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:

"TO's as a team and missed free-throws by Gasol and McRoberts caused the Lakers the game. Also bad decisions by Kobe those last 2min. Especially on that last shot, he had no business driving it in with 2 defenders on him and him heading towards a 3rd one. He should have pulled up at the elbow and would have had an easy shot." -- Michael Mamba Ramos

--Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Kobe Bryant has the ball stripped by Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer while Omar Asik helps on defense in the first half Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times                       


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