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Kobe Bryant receives right wrist pre-game injections [Web links]

January 6, 2012 |  9:26 am

Kobe BryantGame stories

--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.'s Rick Reilly grills Bryant on shooting too much.

Sidebars'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.'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

--Mark Medina

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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