-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford marvels at Bryant's 31-point performance against Minnesota despite wearing a plastic mask.
-- The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda details how the Timberwolves struggled without Kevin Love.
-- The Times' Melissa Rohlin and I break down the Lakers' win over Minnesota.
-- The Times' Bresnahan explains how Bryant remained symptom-free only three days after suffering a concussion in the NBA All-Star game.
-- The Star Tribune's Zgoda highlights L.A. radio personality Vic "The Brick" Jacobs asking Michael Beasley how he'd respond if Wade broke his nose. Said Beasley: "You know what I'd do if I was Kobe? I'd sit out tonight's game."
-- NBA.com's Fran Blinebury reflects on Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points.
-- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande remains conflicted on admiring Bryant to come back quickly from a concussion or wonder why he rushed back so soon.
-- Fox Sports West's Michael Martinez argues it's not surprising Bryant played despite suffering a broken nose and concussion.
-- Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer focuses on Ron Artest's growth since the Malice at the Palace.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over Minnesota.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Timberwolves game.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore notes how the Lakers' schedule gets easier.