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Caught in the Web: Lakers continue preparing for Phoenix

May 15, 2010 | 11:26 am

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Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Phil Jackson's zing on Phoenix guard Steve Nash.

--The Times' Chris Erskine attempts to get inside Kobe Bryant's head.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers bench could learn several things from the Suns' reserves. He also highlights Ron Artest's contention that he won't be bored with the Phoenix series.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky has a detailed practice report.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen focuses on Derek Fisher's matchup with Nash.

--Fox Sports analyst Marques Johnson in the video below argues the Lakers have gotten back their swagger.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details how the Lakers plan to limit Phoenix's three-point shooting.

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson breaks down the Lakers-Suns series.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the long days of rest are improving the Lakers' health. NBA.com's Sekou Smith seconds that motion.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides an medical update on Pau Gasol and Sasha Vujacic.

--AOL Fanhouse's Elie Seckbach documents all the sights and sounds on the unveiling of Bryant's Aston Martin Hyperdunks

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das breaks down each matchup.

Suns links

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains how Phoenix Suns Coach Alvin Gentry got to where he is today by adhering to values instilled by his father.

--ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz has fallen in love with how Phoenix runs the pick-and-roll.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro extrapolates on how Phoenix will try to limit Bryant. Coro also features how Suns forward Grant Hill is making the most of his role.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius dissects Phoenix's offense.

The Bright Side of the Sun's iamtrevorpaxton documents the Suns' growth.

Tweet of the Day: "Phil J often cracks me up. Here's his critique of Nash today, just in case NBA refs are listening: 'You can't carry the ball like he does.'" -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I think the Lakers are peaking just right. Unlike 2009, they have their eyes clearly on the big picture and have the Celtics in their gun sights. This team is not going to get sidetracked by the Suns." -- LakerTom

--Mark Medina

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