Lakers power forward Pau Gasol shares a laugh with injured guard Kobe Bryant… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' dominance over Dallas.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding's explains how the Lakers are adjusting to Kobe Bryant's absence.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions how there is no timetable for Bryant's return.
--The Times' Bresnahan says the Lakers' front office made a wise choice in not using the amnesty clause on Metta World Peace.
--The Daily News' Teaford credits Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes' elevated play.
--I highlight Andrew Bynum fighting through an upper respiratory infection.
--The Times' Ben Bolch talks to the Mavericks, who aren't worried about losing all four of their regular-season games to the Lakers.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues that Bynum is better than Dwight Howard.
--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan believes the Mavericks would have no chance against the Lakers in the playoffs.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports Barnes' comments that he's more focused on winning a title than worrying about what will happen once he becomes an unrestricted free agent this off-season.
--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko also predicts Dallas would have trouble against the Lakers in the playoffs.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues Bryant needs to realize the Lakers play more as a team without him.
--ESPN Dallas' Caplan mentions how Dallas didn't wallow in self-pity over the Lakers' loss.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over Dallas.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Mavericks game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Ben R explains how the Lakers have played well without Bryant.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano loved the Lakers-Mavs game.
Tweet of the Day: "How do you know this is the biggest Kings playoff hockey game in over a decade? Kobe's here with his daughters." — Mike Bresnahan (L.A. Times' Lakers beat writer)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "My sources tell me that there are behind closed doors talks underway in which Kobe will be a player coach for the playoffs. Jerry Buss has offered Kobe an unspecified amount to be "player coach" as soon as the playoffs begin." -- California 11