Caught in the Web: Lakers preparing for Game 3 against Phoenix
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande wonders whether history will repeat itself regarding Jackson's tenure with the Lakers.--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why Lamar Odom wasn't offended by Amare Stoudemire's 'lucky' comment.
--NBA.com's Art Garcia highlights Pau Gasol's elevated play
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky dissects how a Lakers-Celtics Finals matchup would benefit everyone.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen credits the Lakers' bench contributions.--Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence argues the Lakers' and Celtics' postseason success proves the NBA regular season is irrelevant.
--ESPN Los Angeles Dave McMenamin focuses on Kobe Bryant's and Andrew Bynum's absence from practice, Jordan Farmar's play and why Bryant expresses amusement by all the comments about his age.
--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen argues Gasol is the greatest sidekick Bryant could ever have.
--ESPN.com's Bill Simmons predicts Jackson will coach the Nets next season.The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman comes up with seven ways to slow down the Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker believes a Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals matchup would match the intensity of the NHL playoffs.
--South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman reports agent Henry Thomas' contention that an ESPN.com report that Toronto forward Chris Bosh has narrowed his options to the Raptors, Lakers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks is inaccurate.--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer lists Bryant and Gasol as two of the top 10 players in this year's playoffs.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Gil Meriken presents an interesting idea on how to pass the time before the Lakers play Phoenix on Sunday.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip breaks down Bryant's scoring streak.
Suns links--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley remains unconvinced that Phoenix can turn the series around.
--The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller details Channing Frye's changed mindset heading into Game 3. He also mentions that Stoudemire plans to turn around his defense. But along with that pledge came his argument that in Game 2, he simply followed the coaching staff's orders. Haller also highlights the Suns' contention that the series isn't over.
--The Arizona Republic's Kara G. Morrison reports Phoenix's fan base remains optimistic ... or delusional. Take your pick.--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne details the road Alvin Gentry traveled to become Phoenix's head coach.
--Bright Side of the Sun's Seth Pollack details how Phoenix's attempt in turning things around.
Photo Caption Comments of the Day: "Kobe: "Man, am I'm 'LUCKY' that Amare used the hand sanitizer after using the facilities!" -- bronxlakerfan
"LO: "Here kiddy kiddy! gimme that ball!" Lopez: "Mommy!!! the bullies are here to get my ball again!!!" Pau: "shhhhhhhhh...." -- JovBatz44
Tweet of the Day: "I have to admit I do have the best wife in the world. I'll leave it at that. Gotta go have some late lunch now." -- RealLamarOdom (Lakers forward Lamar Odom)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Have you EVER seen so many sports shows and writers talk so early about the Finals while still in the semis? Mean no dis-respect to Phx and Orl but, they are yesterdays news." -- Fatty
-- Mark Medina
Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom, left, and center Pau Gasol, right, pressure Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez during Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times