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Caught in the Web: Capturing reaction to Lakers' 124-112 Game 2 win over Phoenix Suns

May 20, 2010 |  8:15 am

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Game Stories

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan showcases the Lakers' offensive dominance in their 124-112 Game 2 Western Conference Finals victory over the Phoenix Suns.

-- NBA.com's Bryan Chu dissects how the Lakers beat the Suns at their own game.

-- The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro outlines Phoenix's frustration.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding points to Bryant's facilitating role as evidence he still "has a in the best-player-in-the-game discussion."

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen details the Sun's inept defense against the Lakers.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights how the Lakers put the game away in the fourth quarter.

-- The New York Times' Billy Witz wonders if anyone can stop the Lakers.

Notebooks

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr illustrates how Andrew Bynum made the most of his limited minutes.

-- The Arizona Republic's Coro reports Amare Stoudemire stands by his statement that Lamar Odom had a "lucky game" in the Lakers' Game 1 victory.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen demonstrates why the Lakers' offense will be hard to stop when Ron Artest shoots well.

- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin showcases Pau Gasol's dominance.

-- The Daily News' Teaford highlights Phil Jackson's concerns about Bynum's health.

Sidebars

-- The Times' Bresnahan features Gasol's fourth-quarter performance.

- The Times' Broderick Turner details why the Suns' Game 2 adjustments still weren't enough to stop the Lakers.

- The Times' Lisa Dillman explains why the Lakers are lucky to have Lamar Odom.

-- The Daily News' Jill Painter credits Kobe Bryant's ability to play a facilitating role.

-- The Arizona Republic's Bob Young features Jared Dudley's contributions off the bench.

Columns

--  The Times' Bill Plaschke argues Lakers' dismantling of the Suns does very little to prepare them for the NBA Finals.

-- In entertaining fashion, The Times' T.J. Simers has Jackson confirm the team has asked him to take a pay cut if he were to coach next season.

-- The Times' Mark Heisler believes Bynum will need to be fully healthy for the NBA Finals if the Lakers want to repeat.

-- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande sees the Lakers making their effort look too easy against Phoenix.

-- The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley wants more from the Suns' stars, including Steve Nash and Stoudemire.

-- The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin credits Phoenix's improved offense, but criticizes its ineffective defense. He also believes Suns center Robin Lopez will be a valuable part of the team's future.

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore believes the Lakers are ready for a bigger challenge.

-- With the Lakers' series against Phoenix lacking much drama, The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins compares the match-up to various unsuccessful movies.

-- NBA.com's Art Garcia believes the Suns have no answers for the Lakers.

-- Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel can't wait for the Lakers to meet the Celtics in the NBA Finals.

-- Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins believes Gasol has remained dominant so he's fully prepared for Boston in the NBA Finals.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin argues Artest has now proven why he's more valuable to the Lakers than Trevor Ariza.

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller details Phoenix's inability to stop Bryant from directing the offense.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton compares Bryant to a quarterback.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne details how Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire remains a defensive liability.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears criticizes Stoudemire for not backing up his words with his play.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel says the series is over.

-- The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker credits Jordan Farmar's fourth-quarter play.

-- The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman argues Phoenix needs a new coach who will teach the Suns how to play defense.

Blogs

-- In The Times' Fabulous Forum, Turner chalks up the Lakers' tough first-round match-up with Oklahoma City as the biggest playoff surprise.

-- The Times' Houston Mitchell details James Worthy's accomplishments, which readers consider good enough for Worthy to earn sixth place among the all-time greatest Lakers.

-- TrueHoop's Kevin Arnovitz breaks down Bryant's "artwork."

-- ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin goes through all the defensive adjustments Phoenix unsuccessfully made.

-- ESPN Los Angeles Andy and Brian Kamenetzky detail the Lakers' fourth-quarter run, Gasol's inside presence and provide hard-hitting numbers and video.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore sums up there's plenty to like in the Lakers' Game 2 win.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip credits the Lakers' team effort.

-- Valley of the Sun's Seth Pollack calls Phoenix's Game 2 loss an embarrassment.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell outlines how Bryant and Gasol exploited the Suns' defense.

Tweet of the Day:"Out of 94 regular-season & postseason games, 3 of the Suns' worst 4 defensive FG% games have come vs. the Lakers." -- paulcoro (Arizona Republic's Suns beat reporter Paul Coro)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I think our team needs a tougher game in Phoenix for games 3&4. I really want Phoenix to put up some real hard defense so the Lakers could have an excellent scrimmage in preparation fro the NBA finals, it's boring up to now." - appolo c. vermont

-- Mark Medina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to drive past Phoenix forward Jared Dudley during the second quarter of the Lakers' 124-112 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.


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