Mavericks Put Lakers in 3-0 Hole: The Los Angeles Lakers are down 3-0 to the Dallas Mavericks, a defense of their title now dependent on becoming the first NBA team ever to win four straight to climb out of that hole. "Why are the game's toughest pressure players crumbling under a push from some of the game's softest?" asks Bill Plaschke. "[Phil] Jackson had lost his composure, [Pau] Gasol has lost all confidence, and after a long and distracting season, the Lakers have finally lost all sense of each other." Bob Sturm called the end of the Mavericks' 98-92 win "one of the most amazing final 5:00 in Mavericks' history."