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Caught in the Web: Lakers enjoy day off before preparation begins for Game 3 against Phoenix

May 21, 2010 | 10:57 am


Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' insistence that they're only thinking about their West finals matchup with the Phoenix Suns, and not a NBA Finals matchup with the Boston Celtics.

--The Times' Broderick Turner credits Jordan Farmar's play in the Lakers' Game 2 victory over Phoenix.

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues that the Lakers need to do whatever it takes to keep Phil Jackson as head coach.

--The Times Barry Stavro believes that the Lakers will wrap up the series against Phoenix in five games.

--The Times' Houston Mitchell sums up the career of Elgin Baylor, whom readers selected as the fifth-greatest all-time Laker.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore predicts that the Lakers will defeat the Celtics in the Finals.

--1140 KHTK's Dave Carmichael, in a must-listen interview, talks with a candid Ron Artest.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details the spat between Trevor Ariza and Ron Artest's brother, Daniel, via Twitter.

--ESPN Los Angeles Arash Markazi looks ahead to a Lakers-Celtics Finals series.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton says talk of a Lakers-Boston Finals matchup is premature.'s Sekou Smith says Jordan Farmar is making the most of his opportunity.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius reflects on how the Lakers' 1971-72 team pulled off a 33-game winning streak.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford wonders whether the Lakers can be stopped.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark details the difficulty in stopping the Lakers.

Suns links

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Bolvin suggests five things the Suns can do to win against the Lakers.'s Fran Blinebury credits Goran Dragic's contributions.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro documents how the Suns have no answer for the Lakers' size. He also explains why Phoenix wants more from Channing Frye.'s Chad Ford reports that Amare Stoudemire likely won't return to Phoenix next season. Hmm, I wonder why.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky highlights the enormous, let's just say, interest the media and fans have for Stoudemire's defense.

--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock calls Stoudemire a punk.

--Bright Side of the Sun's Seth Pollack documents Phoenix's poor execution of its zone defense.

Tweet of the Day: "Phil made the best lasagna for dinner. He likes to cook to rela - lucky me! Hall of Fame Coach, good looking & he can cook. He's a keeper!" -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Photo Caption of the Day:"Why does a black eye on Steve Nash make him look like a warrior and a black eye on Gasol make him look like he's been punked?" -- Michael C. Teniente

Reader Comment of the Day: "it's clear that the Lakers beating the Suns is just a schedule formality regardless if it's happening in 7,6,5 or a SWEEP." -- ouchhhhhhhh

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Derek Fisher drives on Phoenix forward Grant Hill during Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images