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