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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

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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.

--NBA.com'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.

--NBA.com'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.

--ESPN.com'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

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

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


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