Denver's Corey Brewer, right, tips the ball away from Lakers forward… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes that the Lakers didn't talk to reporters Wednesday. That's perhaps a good sign considering Andrew Bynum previously gave the Nuggets bulletin board material by suggesting closeout games are easy. Bresnahan also reports that the NBA didn't have a problem with the Nuggets having a laptop with them during Game 5.
--The Times' Ben Bolch, however, says the Nuggets took offense that the Lakers' whiteboard after their Game 5 loss read, "Pack for 3 games." Denver read that as the Lakers are assuming a Game 6 victory before playing Games 1 and 2 against Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals.
--The Times' Bill Dwyre marvels about Denver guard Andre Miller.
--Stadium Journey's Drew Cieszynski provides a positive review on his experience at Staples Center.
--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman muses over Kobe Bryant auctioning off his mask.
--The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey mentions how the NBA countered that the Lakers' concern about the Nuggets using a laptop is a non-issue.
--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman believes JaVale McGee has potential for even further growth.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the possible implications the Lakers face by losing Game 5.
--The Orange County Register's Michael Lev argues that Kobe Bryant is nowhere near Michael Jordan's legacy.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr and Jeff Miller list some of the keys to Game 6.
--NBA.com's Charley Rosen believes it's unpredictable whether former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson will return to coaching.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions how the Lakers' margin for error has closed against Denver.
--The Post Game's Adam Watson watches Game 5 with Metta World Peace.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the importance that the Lakers protect the paint against the Nuggets.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Ben R breaks down the Lakers' Game 5 loss to Denver.
Tweet of the Day: "Watching Griffin and get dinged up tonight emphasizes what the Lakers risk by coming out so flat Tuesday" -- ESPNLandoLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Problem is trying to rationalize or making sense of a situation involving an individual that clearly shows off/on the court some dumb decisions and comments that point to "mental" problems and lack of respect."
"When you make millions, and play for the Lakers, you ought to respect your fans, and come out and play like a professional. Enough of your immaturity, step out of your Zen's books and face reality. Some of us have to work for a living, and get fired when job isn't done. You are just lucky to be a 7+ footer. Enjoy it while it lasts." -- GetAlong