Kobe Bryant receives right wrist pre-game injections [Web links]
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers struggled at the Rose Garden in their 107-96 loss Thursday to the Portland Trail Blazers.
--The Columbian's Matt Calkins says the Trail Blazers played like the best team in the Western Conference.
--The Oregonian's Joe Freeman focuses on Gerald Wallace's solid performance against the Lakers.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford blames the Lakers' loss on their inability to defend Wallace.
--The Times' Bresnahan explains how Devin Ebanks is handling his reduced playing time at small forward.
--The Daily News' Teaford provides an update on Andrew Bynum's conditioning.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explores Bynum's struggle in fighting through double teams. Ding also reports that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant receives pre-game injections to reduce the pain surrounding the torn ligament on his right wrist.
--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins looks at how Bynum is handling the pressure of an increased role.
--ESPN.com's Rick Reilly grills Bryant on shooting too much.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande gets the Lakers to open up about fielding plenty of white players.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin also details Bryant's pre-game wrist injections.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer admires and is frustrated by how Bryant handles his injuries.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Portland.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Blazers game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues Lamar Odom would've come in handy in defending Wallace.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers' third-quarter collapse against Portland.
Tweet of the Day: "Lakers are 4-4 for the first time since November 2005." -- ESPNChrisPalmer (ESPN The Magazine's Chris Palmer)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers are known as Kobe, Bynum and Gasol. Those 3 have been stellar. All they need is a good effort from the rest of the team. The Lakers got out fast and looked very good. Typically they've gotten blown out of the Rose Garden early in the game. I once saw them down by about 25 points before halftime. That was about 5 years ago." -- John Rowe
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Photo: Kobe Bryant exits the court after the Lakers lost to the Trail Blazers, 107-96, on Thursday night in Portland. Credit: Don Ryan / Associated Press