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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Lakers drop one in Dallas: The reactions

By Brian Kamenetzky

Here was my reaction to Wednesday's 101-96 loss Wednesday night to the Mavericks in Dallas. See below for more opinions, reports, and news of the day.

Game Reports:

-Mike Bresnahan, LA Times
-Kevin Ding, OC Register
-Elliott Teaford, LA Daily News
-Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News

News and Notes:

-The Lakers will spend most of March on the road. Kobe Bryant isn't concerned. (You expected otherwise?)"
-Ron Artest is having the defensive impact the Lakers hoped for.
-Dallas was without Caron Butler, who missed the game because of a reaction to medication. Meanwhile, former Laker (and lifetime Kamenetzky favorite) Von Wafer is a Maverick. Still, Dallas wants more size.
-One guy who shouldn't be blamed for the loss is Lamar Odom, who was strong and aggressive throughout.

Good Numbers: Advanced Box Score

Columns, Opinions, and Other Stuff:

-Ding, OC Register- Kobe's fate could be in Fish's hands
-ESPN Daily Dime- Jason Kidd looks rejuvenated, hydrated
-John Ireland, ESPN Los Lakers vs. Mavs in the playoffs would be a great series
-Calvin Watkins, ESPN L.A. is impressed with Dallas, but aren't concerned about them
-Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News- Kobe missed, but give the Mavs credit
-Charley Rosen, Fox Sports- Win shows Dallas can contend in the Western Conference
-Mark Medina, LAT- An interview with Roland Lazenby regarding his new book about Jerry West

Around the Blogs:

-JET attack does in L.A.: Silver Screen and Roll
-Dirk and Terry sink the Lakers: Forum Blue and Gold
-Too many letdowns lead to loss: LA Times Lakers Blog
-Plenty of bright spots for the Mavs: MavsMoneyball Basketblog running game diary