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Caught in the Web: Capturing reactions to Lakers' 118-109 Game 3 loss to the Phoenix Suns

May 24, 2010 |  8:30 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' struggles with playing against Phoenix's zone defense as well as the team's small supporting cast in its 118-109 Game 3 loss to the Suns.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins suggests the Lakers are still in control of the series, but Phoenix just made it more competitive.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro details Phoenix's improved play.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes Phoenix's adjustments in Game 3 could prove successful again later in the series.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down the factors of the Lakers-Suns Game 3 matchhup.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers had trouble stopping Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire.

--NBA.com's Mike Tulumello features the Suns' depth.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell explains how the Suns' ended the Lakers' eight-game winning streak.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan details Kobe Bryant's strong performance as well as Lamar Odom's disappointment with ESPN.com's Bill Simmons.

--The Daily News' Teaford reports Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is considering resting Andrew Bynum for Game 4.

--The Arizona Republic's Bob Young reports Suns Coach Alvin Gentry initially felt reluctant for his team to play zone. Young also reports that Suns reserve forward Jared Dudley asked fans via Twitter for suggestions on how Phoenix should play the Lakers in Game 3.

--The Arizona Republic's Coro and Young highlight Steve Nash's contributions.

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Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues the Lakers need to sit Bynum until the NBA Finals.

--The Times' T.J. Simers remains perplexed with Lamar Odom's inconsistency.

--The Times' Mark Heisler says the Lakers' Game 3 loss suddenly makes this series competitive.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande points to the Lakers' inability to attack Phoenix's zone defense as the reason why they ended their eight-game winning streak.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick points to the Suns' grittiness as making the difference.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard labels center Robin Lopez as the Suns' unsung hero.

--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley argues the series is just getting started.

--NBA.com's Fran Blinebury says Stoudemire answered his critics.

--Fox Sports' Greg Boeck credits Phoenix's toughness.

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin illustrates the transformation Stoudemire made in Game 3.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues the biggest adjustment the Lakers need to make in Game 4 involves attacking the Suns' zone.

--The Orange County Register's Ding explains why resting Bynum would do very little for his health. If anything, Ding believes Jackson's acknowledgement he'd rest Bynum in Game 4 just serves as a motivational tactic.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi believes the Lakers' Game 3 loss will actually prove more beneficial to their development than any blowout would have done.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin chalks up the Lakers' loss to poor execution.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller points to Bynum's injury as evidence to why Odom needs to remain consistent this postseason.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton demonstrates how the Lakers' performances in this series appear remarkably similar, with exception to Stoudemire's play in Game 3.

--Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears argues the Suns can contend with the Lakers so long as Stoudemire replicates his Game 3 performance.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne highlights how Lopez  is the "Screech Powers of the NBA."

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down Phoenix's zone defense as well as the play from   Lopez.

--Bright Side of the Sun's Seth Pollack sums it all of Game 3 up in his headline, "Phoenix Suns Defense Zones It Up, Lakers Forget How To Move Ball"

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip credits Phoenix for making adjustments.

--NBA.com's Art Garcia details how Nash popped his nose back into place.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore hasn't liked the Lakers' defense all series.

Tweet of the Day:"29 days had passed since L.A.'s last playoff loss, in Game 4 at Oklahoma City." -- LakersReporter (Lakers.com's Mike Trudell)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Phoenix will play zone the entire way now and if the Lakers make it to the Finals, so will the Celtics. I'm surprised that other teams don't play zone against the Lakers since the Lakers don't have good outside shooting. I kept yelling at the Lakers to go into the POST to Gasol, but they just kept passing the ball around the perimeter and jacking up wild 3-pointers with time running out." -- dj855

--Mark Medina

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

Top photo: Suns power forward Amare Stoudemire battles the Lakers' Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom for a rebound in the first half of Game 3 on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

Bottom photo: Stoudemire scores on a reverse layup against Pau Gasol in Game 3. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.


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