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Caught in the Web: Lakers head back on the road again, beginning with tonight's game at Phoenix

March 12, 2010 | 10:13 am

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Practice reports

The Times' Broderick Turner says tonight's game against Phoenix is a good time for the Lakers to start getting their swagger back.

The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights the Lakers' serious tone as of late.

ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin focuses on the Lakers' concern regarding its pick-and-roll defense, and how that will present an additional challenge against Phoenix.

The Riverside Press Enterprise's Dan Weber on how the Lakers are trying to close out the regular season on a good note.

The Arizona Republic's Bob Young reports there will be a few absences from the Suns roster tonight, including guard Leandro Barbosa (right wrist injury) and center Channing Frye (fight)

Blogs

Bright Side of the Sun previews the Lakers-Suns game.

ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky presents some revealing evidence to show the Lakers' offense this season is not as dominant their championship teams.

Forum Blue and Gold really just wants the playoffs to start. It's safe to say that, for better or worse, the Lakers feel the same way.

Basketball Prospectus' Kevin Pelton dissects the Lakers' slump.

NBA Fanhouse's Brett Pollakoff sees the Lakers' matchup tonight against the Suns as a good test for both teams.

Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has an insightful Q&A with veteran guard Derek Fisher.

Meanwhile, Silver Screen and Roll provides strong evidence showing Fisher's game has struggled this season more on offense than on defense, though both areas need to be sharpened.

More Lakers links

The Times' Mike Bresnahan shares reasons beyond the matchup why he'd like to see the Lakers face Phoenix in the playoffs.

Charles Barkley tells Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick that Kobe Bryant's game winners specifically against Toronto and Miami were based on "luck" and that he's not comparable to Michael Jordan.

NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper says the Lakers' current state of adversity will ultimately benefit them in the long run.

CBSSports.com's Jarney Eisenberg explains why the Lakers are frustrating for fantasy owners.

Young sees a wild Western Conference playoff race shaping up.

Tweet of the Day: "All 200 responses said u hate Kobe more the Jordan cuz of his ego mostly and that the lakers are our rival" -- JaredDudley619 (Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I don't know if it's injuries, age, or just too much BBall the last 2 years, but Kobe and Gasol, both looked gassed to me. The other thing is outside shooting. We can't seem to hit our open 3s and it seems like teams are throwing a lot of zones at us. They just need to win the West and forget about catching the Cavs, get healthy and get some chemistry going for the playoff run." -- Mark G

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Despite numerous reports suggesting otherwise as last month's trade deadline approached, forward Amare Stoudemire remained in a Phoenix Suns uniform. Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images.


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