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Caught in the Web: Capturing reaction to Lakers' 128-107 Game 1 win over Phoenix Suns

May 18, 2010 | 11:16 am
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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers fired on all cylinders in their 128-107 Game 1 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro explains how the Suns look far from ready to compete with the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding documents how a long rest benefited the Lakers.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen likens Kobe Bryant's play to that of sunblock because both remain effective in "dealing with hot Suns"

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford showcases how the Lakers carried momentum from their semifinals sweep over Utah into the Western Conference finals against Phoenix.

--The New York Times' Billy Witz focuses on how Phoenix couldn't stop Bryant and Lamar Odom

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Odom's contributions, Andrew Bynum's limitations and Sasha Vujacic's return.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr features Vanessa Bryant's T-shirt in reference to Arizona's controversial immigration law.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has maintained his stance on Arizona's immigration law.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin labels health as the biggest contributor to the Lakers' success.

--The Daily News' Teaford provides a snapshot of the wide-ranging questions Jackson dealt with in his pre-game news conference.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Phoenix believes it can bounce back from its Game 1 loss.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman credits Pau Gasol's contributions.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins hypothesizes that the Lakers will win the West finals with ease if Odom maintains the strong dominance he displayed in Game 1.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports that actor David Arquette was knocked to the ground at the end of the game.

--The Daily News' Jill Painter features the effort from the Lakers' bench.

--The Arizona Republic's Bob Young highlights Robin Lopez's return.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke chalks up Bryant's 40-point performance partly to revenge for the Lakers' 2006 and 2007 first-round losses to Phoenix.

--Despite the Lakers' dominating Game 1 victory, The Times' T.J. Simers predicts the Suns will win the series in six games.

--The Times' Mark Heisler notices Bryant's anger fueling his clutch performance.

--NBA Fanhouse's Sam Amick wonders if the Suns can bounce back.

--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley believes Phoenix played too tight.

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin argues Bryant's performance served as an example for how Amare Stoudemire should play as a superstar.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore chalks up the Lakers' dominance partly to Stoudemire's poor defense.

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues the Lakers should do whatever it takes to keep Jackson as their head coach.

--NBA.coms' Scott Howard-Cooper argues that Odom's play set the tone.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins highlights Bryant's effort.

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel believes no one can compete with Bryant in the postseason.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi believes the Lakers have undergone a personality change.

--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin argues that Odom's Game 1 performance illustrates why the Lakers value him.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller left the game impressed with how easy the Lakers made it look.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton says the Lakers somehow managed to beat Phoenix playing an up-tempo style.

--Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears believes Bryant's performance served as a statement.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Shelburne argues that the Suns lack nastiness.

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein details the Suns' collapse.

--NBA Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson thinks the Lakers have matured since their first-round series against Oklahoma City.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues the Lakers' exposed Phoenix's poor defense.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down Odom's game, the Lakers' defense and some significant stats -- and provide moving pictures.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius wants the Lakers to replicate their Game 1 performance for the entire series.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore explains the Lakers' dominance.

--Valley of the Sun's Michael Schwartz dissects the Sun's ineffective defense.

Tweet of the Day:"Vanessa Bryant is wearing a t-shirt that says "Do I look Legal?" is that a shot at phil?" -- janiscarr (Orange County Register's Janis Carr)

Reader Comment of the Day: Third quarter: Suns: 24. Kobe: 21. If the Suns are the most efficient offensive team in the league, what does that make Kobe? -- FEARless

-- Mark Medina

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

Photo: Kobe Bryant begins to celebrate after dunking on a fast break against Phoenix in the fourth quarter of Game 1 on Monday night. Photo: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times


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