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Caught in the Web: Capturing reaction to Lakers' 115-106 Game 4 loss to Phoenix Suns

May 26, 2010 |  8:30 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' fourth-quarter collapse in their 115-106 Game 4 Western Conference Finals loss to the Phoenix Suns.

--The New York Times' Howard Beck says the Suns' grittiness made the difference.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins chalks up the Lakers' loss to a lack of effort and the Suns' bench.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro credits the Suns' resiliency.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details how Phoenix has made the West Finals matchup a competitive series.

--NBA.com's Mike Tulumello highlights the improvement in Channing Frye's three-point shooting.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson expressed frustration with the team's defensive effort.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Calkins looks at the media's interest in Jackson's coaching future.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on Jackson's denial that Chicago and New Jersey have contacted him about their open coaching positions.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner features the effort the Suns bench provided.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix examines Phoenix's bench.

--ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell talks about the Lakers' struggles against the Suns' zone defense.

--The Arizona Republic's Bob Young focuses on Amare Stoudemire's improved effort and attitude.

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Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke takes the Lakers' reserves to task.

--The Times' T.J. Simers remains amused over all the speculation regarding Jackson's coaching future.

--The Times' Mark Heisler credits the contributions from the Suns' bench.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard dissects how Phoenix's zone defense continues to throw the Lakers off course.

--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley showcases the Suns' bench.

--NBA.com's Fran Blinebury explains how the Suns' reserves have largely been reliable this season.

--Fox Sports' Greg Boeck argues the Suns' reserves largely contribute to the Lakers' poor defense.

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin details Frye's improvement.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore dissects the Lakers' failure to limit Phoenix's three-point shooting.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin examines the Lakers' defensive problems.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues the Lakers should focus on playing Phoenix instead of wondering about Jackson's coaching future.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton compares the disparity between the Lakers' and Suns' home and road performances.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne credits Phoenix's offensive efficiency.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports the Suns weren't surprised with the bench's production.

Blogs

--The Times' Houston Mitchell in the Fabulous Forum blog ranked Kobe Bryant fourth and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar third among the Lakers' all-time greats, according to reader input.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down the Lakers' failed fourth-quarter effort.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius compares the Lakers' and Suns' reserves.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark censures the Lakers for lacking effort.

--TrueHoop's Kevin Arnovitz presents a video breakdown of the Suns' reserves.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell focuses on how the Suns' reserves overwhelmed the Lakers.

--Bright Side of the Sun's Seth Pollack argues the Suns overcame Bryant's dominance with teamwork.

Tweet of the Day: "now we have a Series! U knew bench would come through!! Can't wait to play thursday.. AZ I got 1 question. DO U BELIEVE?" -- JaredDudley619 (Phoenix reserve forward Jared Dudley).

Video Caption Comment of the Day: "I'm through trying describe Sager's suits...There are no words in any of the modern or ancient languages that fully do those "Horri-bad" suits justice." -- The Infamous El Guapo

Reader Comment of the Day:"the most worrisome thing about this? Kobe scoring 30+ and having 10+ assists and the Lakers still lose. THAT SPELLS SERIOUS PROBLEMS -- Troll Man

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo, top: Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire, left, powers past Lakers center Pau Gasol during the first half of Game 4 on May 25, 2010. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom, right, battles with Stoudemire for a rebound during Game 4. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


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